Jeremy Clarkson news: Top Gear 'fracas' revealed to be over a steak

 
  Aaron The Ghost of George Stephenson

Location: University of Adelaide SA
Top gear is estimated to be viewed by 300 million people world wide. I don't think the Beeb can afford to lose Clarkson and the 150 million views that will go with him.

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  Valvegear Oliver Bullied, CME

Location: Norda Fittazroy
Top gear is estimated to be viewed by 300 million people world wide. I don't think the Beeb can afford to lose Clarkson and the 150 million views that will go with him.
"Aaron"
Exactly - pragmatism will prevail and the good ship Clarkson will sail on regardless.
  TheBlacksmith Chief Commissioner

Location: Ankh Morpork
Actually, I wonder about those figures.. Whether they were at the peak popularity of the show or now. I reckon a lot of people have since tuned out of this show because of the same old same old.

I mean how many people are really interested in watching some dull unimportant British 'celebrity' they have never heard of, drive a car around a track. And even the stunts are getting tiresome.

Reminds me of the British version of 'Who Do You Think You Are' that is shown here. Better titled 'Who The F*ck Are You Anyway' (and who cares).
  Groundrelay Chief Commissioner

Location: Surrounded by Trolls!
Exactly - pragmatism will prevail and the good ship Clarkson will sail on regardless.
Valvegear

Better to keep him on and bring someone in that can and will ridicule him Idea
  Groundrelay Chief Commissioner

Location: Surrounded by Trolls!
Exactly - pragmatism will prevail and the good ship Clarkson will sail on regardless.

Better to keep him on and bring someone in that can and will ridicule him Idea
  RTT_Rules Oliver Bullied, CME

Location: Dubai UAE
Hammond and May reportedly refusing to shoot the show without Clarkson.
railblogger
Probably very true. The show is a 3 man team with Clarkson the centerpiece. The show won't work without him and the audience would feel ripped off as he does most of the funny stuff in the studio and field. Better not to risk making a few dude episodes which will be heavily watched by critics ready to report on the expected failure.

If he goes, they will need to replace all three. The others I suspect will resign as they know why their format is so successful and won't want to risk having their reputations damaged.
  Pressman Spirit of the Vine

Location: Wherever the Tin Chook or Qantas takes me
Just heard on the morning radio news that the BBC will NOT be renewing Clarkson's contract.

So that puts and end to that. (and Top Gear!)
  JoppaJunction Chief Train Controller

Location: Banned
Presenter could face police investigation after corporation’s inquiry describes ‘unprovoked physical and verbal attack’




Jeremy Clarkson leaves his home before learning of his dismissal. Photograph: Peter Nicholls/Reuters



The BBC announced on Wednesday that it has dropped [color=#005689]Jeremy Clarkson
after the Top Gear presenter was responsible for an “unprovoked physical and verbal attack” that left a colleague bleeding and seeking hospital treatment.[/color]

BBC director general [color=#005689]Tony Hall
said he took the decision to end Clarkson’s BBC career “with great regret”, 16 days after he was suspended following a “fracas” with a member of the Top Gear production team, but said the presenter had “crossed a line”.
A BBC investigation led by [color=#005689]BBC[/color] Scotland boss Ken MacQuarrie found that Clarkson had subjected Oisin Tymon to a 30-second physical attack after a sustained verbal tirade. Tymon took himself to an A&E department after the assault.
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It emerged on Wednesday that [color=#005689]Clarkson could face a police investigation
into his attack on Tymon after North Yorkshire police asked the BBC for a copy of[color=#005689]MacQuarrie’s report[/color].[/color]

The report, published on Wednesday, revealed the full extent of the attack at the Simonstone Hall hotel in North Yorkshire, where the programme team had travelled for a location shoot on 4 March.


MacQuarrie concluded that Tymon was “subject to an unprovoked physical and verbal attack” by Clarkson, during which he was “struck, resulting in swelling and bleeding to his lip”.


The attack “lasted around 30 seconds and was halted by the intervention of a witness”, and Tymon “offered no retaliation”.


It said Tymon was “shocked and distressed by the incident” and “drove to a nearby A&E department for examination”.


The report added that Clarkson verbally abused Tymon “on more than one occasion – both during the attack and subsequently inside the hotel – and contained the strongest expletives and threats to sack him.


“The abuse was at such volume as to be heard in the dining room, and the shouting was audible in a hotel bedroom.”


In a statement, North Yorkshire police said it “is liaising with the BBC regarding the alleged incident in North Yorkshire involving Jeremy Clarkson.


“We have asked the BBC for the report which details the findings of their internal investigation into the matter. The information will be assessed appropriately and action will be taken by North Yorkshire police where necessary.


“It would not be appropriate for North Yorkshire police to comment further at this time.”



‘Sustained and prolonged verbal abuse of an extreme nature’
Hall said Clarkson had “crossed a line” by subjecting an “innocent party [to] a physical altercation accompanied by sustained and prolonged verbal abuse of an extreme nature”.

He said the BBC was a “broad church” which required “distinctive and different voices but they cannot come at any price. Common to all at the BBC have to be standards of decency and respect.


“I cannot condone what has happened on this occasion. A member of staff – who is a completely innocent party – took himself to accident and emergency after a physical altercation accompanied by sustained and prolonged verbal abuse of an extreme nature.
“For me, a line has been crossed. There cannot be one rule for one and one rule for another dictated by either rank, or public relations and commercial considerations.”


Hall said: “It is with great regret that I have told Jeremy Clarkson today that the BBC will not be renewing his contract.
“It is not a decision I have taken lightly. I have done so only after a very careful consideration of the facts and after personally meeting both Jeremy and Oisin Tymon.

“Given the obvious and very genuine public interest in this, I am publishing the findings of his report. I take no pleasure in doing so. I know how popular the programme is and I also know that this decision will divide opinion. The main facts are not disputed by those involved.”


Hall is a Top Gear fan and has previously stood by the presenter following a string of controversies, including an incident last year when he appeared to mumble the N-word in a [color=#005689]Top Gear
out-take.[/color]

Top Gear’s futureThe BBC will attempt to continue with Top Gear, which is BBC2’s most popular show with more than 5 million viewers a week and generates around £50m a year for its commercial arm, BBC Worldwide.


Hall said: “The BBC must now look to renew Top Gear for 2016. This will be a big challenge and there is no point in pretending otherwise.


“I have asked [BBC2 controller] Kim Shillinglaw to look at how best we might take this forward over the coming months. I have also asked her to look at how we put out the last programmes in the current series.”


Clarkson’s contract with the BBC was due to expire at the end of March.

The question now for the BBC is what happens to the other Top Gear presenters Richard Hammond and James May, both of whom have presenting commitments on the BBC outside of Top Gear.


The Top Gear trio’s contracts run out next week. Negotiations for new deals with May and Hammond have been put on hold during the investigation.


Hall also paid tribute to both Tymon and Clarkson. He said it had “obviously been difficult for everyone involved but in particular for Oisin. I want to make clear that no blame attaches to him for this incident.


“He has behaved with huge integrity throughout. As a senior producer at the BBC, he will continue to have an important role within the organisation in the future.”
On Clarkson, Hall added: “Obviously none of us wanted to find ourselves in this position. This decision should in no way detract from the extraordinary contribution that Jeremy Clarkson has made to the BBC.



Top Gear: Jeremy Clarkson's biggest controversies - in quotes

“I have always personally been a great fan of his work and Top Gear. Jeremy is a huge talent. He may be leaving the BBC but I am sure he will continue to entertain, challenge and amuse audiences for many years to come.”


Following the findings of the MacQuarrie inquiry, and the fact that Clarkson was put on a final warning after the N-word controversy last year, Hall had little alternative but to let Clarkson go.


MacQuarrie’s report concluded Tymon was the “victim of an unprovoked physical and verbal attack” for which Clarkson had “made a number of attempts to apologise … by way of text, email and in person”.


A “well-valued and respected” member of the Top Gear team, it said Tymon had “suffered significant personal distress as a result of this incident, through no fault of his own”.


Reports that the BBC has lined up Chris Evans to take over from Clarkson are believed to be incorrect.


The Radio 2 breakfast DJ, who has a huge car collection, told listeners on Wednesday: “This is not true. Not only is it’s not true – it’s absolute nonsense.”


Top Gear has been successfully relaunched before – by Clarkson and his executive producer Andy Wilman at the helm – after its previous presenting and production team jumped ship to Channel 5.


Meanwhile, Clarkson’s stint presenting BBC1 quiz Have I Got News for You is still due to go ahead on 23 April. However, sources say the final decision as to whether or not Clarkson will takes part will be down to him and it may be that he wishes to sever his links with the corporation entirely.

From the Guardian.


  Valvegear Oliver Bullied, CME

Location: Norda Fittazroy
Exactly - pragmatism will prevail and the good ship Clarkson will sail on regardless.
valvegear
Scoreboard: BBC 1; Valvegear yet to score.Embarassed
  bevans Site Admin

Location: Melbourne, Australia
Scoreboard: BBC 1; Valvegear yet to score.Embarassed
Valvegear

Will the other two from the team leave the BBC in support?

Clarkson will be sought after by other publishers for a new show.
  dthead Site Admin

Location: Melbourne, Australia
Will the other two from the team leave the BBC in support?

Clarkson will be sought after by other publishers for a new show.
bevans


Saw a doorstop interview with May. I suspect if the price is right he will  quit and go for another show.
But there is no show at the moment to go to.  And if all three go, Top Gear is gone from the BBC just like that.

Regards,
David Head
  Pressman Spirit of the Vine

Location: Wherever the Tin Chook or Qantas takes me
Saw a doorstop interview with May. I suspect if the price is right he will  quit and go for another show.
But there is no show at the moment to go to.  And if all three go, Top Gear is gone from the BBC just like that.

Regards,
David Head
dthead
Well as we all now know, Clarkson was sacked, and Hammond and May have refused to sign new contracts.

In the latest news ......
The BBC has reportedly chosen a "dream team" of presenters for its new version of Top Gear, including former model Jodie Kidd.
Life on Mars star Philip Glenister and Channel 4 presenter Guy Martin have also been approached for the new series, according to reports.


http://www.msn.com/en-au/motoring/news/model-jodie-kidd-chosen-to-replace-jeremy-clarkson-on-top-gear-reports/ar-BBj87Yu?ocid=mailsignout
  Bogong Chief Commissioner

Location: Essendon Aerodrome circa 1980
Well as we all now know, Clarkson was sacked, and Hammond and May have refused to sign new contracts.

In the latest news ......
The BBC has reportedly chosen a "dream team" of presenters for its new version of Top Gear, including former model Jodie Kidd.
Life on Mars star Philip Glenister and Channel 4 presenter Guy Martin have also been approached for the new series, according to reports.


http://www.msn.com/en-au/motoring/news/model-jodie-kidd-chosen-to-replace-jeremy-clarkson-on-top-gear-reports/ar-BBj87Yu?ocid=mailsignout
Pressman
Well Glenister is pretty good, he did a renovation show for ancient cars from the 1940's through to the 1970's and displayed good petrol head credentials and the sort of cheeky charm that a show like that needs. Kidd is excellent, she is charming and definitely a petrol head, I think she was at the the top of leader board for the "Star in a reasonably priced car" segment.  I've never heard of Martin, but if he's as good as the other two, then the show has a chance. Although I would have preferred Sabine Schmidtz, who has frequently stared on the old show as their German correspondent.

However as much as I want to see the revamped show succeed, people will expect it to be as good as the Andy Wilman produced show with Clarkson, May and Hamond. But the first series of any new show like that will always be a bit clunky as the producer and presenters find their way and settle in and I think viewers will be too judgemental, harsh and unforgiving for it to get sufficient ratings for it to succeed.
  RTT_Rules Oliver Bullied, CME

Location: Dubai UAE


However as much as I want to see the revamped show succeed, people will expect it to be as good as the Andy Wilman produced show with Clarkson, May and Hamond. But the first series of any new show like that will always be a bit clunky as the producer and presenters find their way and settle in and I think viewers will be too judgemental, harsh and unforgiving for it to get sufficient ratings for it to succeed.
"Bogong"


I tend to agree, they will probably be given 1 series to get it right or be axed and they will need to pretty much reformat the whole show to prevent it being seen as a lessor copy. The female component will be interesting, this is the 21st century but in these types of shows women don't always work well. Kidd is probably a good choice although it will be interesting on how she plans to come across especially being an ex-model.

If you follow the American Top Gear, the studio format was a flop. My wife and I struggled through a few episodes and gave up. But then I think from series 2 they abandoned the studio and it was all challenges which are often better than the English Top Gear which I think in recent years is running out of ideas in this regard especially when on home soil. In recent times much of the English challenges is rehashed versions of previous challenges. Just a note that many of their challenges are brilliant, especially Tanzania, Burma, Nth Magnetic Pole, flying mini's, mini space shuttles etc. The Americans have more scope on home soil as the USA has a far more diverse countryside.

It will be certainly interesting to see what the former 3 get up to. Personally I think they should stay away from trying to do another Top Gear and perhaps just do a series of specials touring the world by car in their own unique way.

Regards
shane
  Bogong Chief Commissioner

Location: Essendon Aerodrome circa 1980
Well here is the official announcement of the first of the new presenters... I hope they're not ovely PC.

Chris Evans to lead new Top Gear line-up!
Some very exciting news for Top Gear fans as we announce our brand new host


Everybody, we have some very big news! Yes, Chris Evans has signed a three-year deal to lead an all new line up for Top Gear.

And it's straight over to the man himself: "I'm thrilled, Top Gear is my favourite programme of all time. Created by a host of brilliant minds who love cars and understand how to make the massively complicated come across as fun, devil-may-care and effortless. When in fact, of course, it's anything but and that's the genius of Top Gear's global success.

"I promise I will do everything I possibly can to respect what has gone on before and take the show forward."

Kim Shillinglaw, Controller of BBC Two and BBC Four, said:

"I'm so delighted that Chris will be presenting the next series of Top Gear. His knowledge of and passion for cars is well-known, and combined with his sheer inventiveness and cheeky unpredictability he is the perfect choice to take our much-loved show into the future.

"Chris is a huge fan of Top Gear and has great respect for the craft and work ethic of one of the best production teams in the world. He knows the phenomenal attention to detail it takes to make a single sequence of Top Gear, let alone a whole series. He is already full of brilliant ideas and I can't wait for him to get started."

Tim Davie, CEO of BBC Worldwide, said: "It‘s fantastic news for Top Gear fans around the world that such a brilliant broadcaster as Chris will be the figurehead for the brand across the globe."

We can also confirm that production on the new series of Top Gear will start in the next few weeks.

More news as we have it... http://www.topgear.com/uk/car-news/Chris-Evans-to-lead-new-Top-Gear-line-up-2016-06-16
  X'Trapolis-904M Deputy Commissioner

Location: Melbourne
Nope Nope Nope.

Clarkson was way better.
  Bogong Chief Commissioner

Location: Essendon Aerodrome circa 1980
So it looks like my dream Top Gear line up of Jodie Kidd, Sabine Schmitz and Vicki Hyphenated-Surname (from 5th Gear) won't be happening. Sad
  Valvegear Oliver Bullied, CME

Location: Norda Fittazroy
This bloke replacing Clarkson will be about as successful as Steve Martin trying to take over from the late Peter Sellers to play Inspector Clouseau. . . one of the screen's greatest failures.
  bingley hall Minister for Railways

Location: Last train to Skaville
Nope Nope Nope.

Clarkson was way better.
X'Trapolis-904M

We need more thugs on TV Razz
  x31 Chief Commissioner

Location: gallifrey
We need more thugs on TV Razz
"bingley hall"


fell off my chair laughing.  I have to agree. Clarkson had to go and I thought we all here at Railpage agreed.  I want to know what Clarkson is going to do next?  Where will he take his thuggery?
  Valvegear Oliver Bullied, CME

Location: Norda Fittazroy
We need more thugs on TV https://www.railpage.com.au/images/smiles/icon_razz.gif
"bingley hall"
 Gold.

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