BBC confirms sacking of Top Gear presenter Jeremy Clarkson

Jeremy Clarkson.
Jeremy Clarkson.

THE BBC has confirmed broadcaster Jeremy Clarkson will not have his contract renewed after he was involved in a 30-second physical assault on a producer.

Clarkson had tweeted earlier today that he “hadn’t heard a thing” about his situation with the BBC, but the organisation has since confirmed he will go.

BBC director general Tony Hall is understood to have concluded he has “little alternative” but to end Clarkson’s BBC career, 16 days after he was suspended following a “fracas” with a member of the Top Gear production team.

A BBC investigation led by BBC Scotland boss Ken MacQuarrie is thought to have found that Clarkson was involved in a Oisin Tymon in a “30-second physical assault after a 20-minute verbal tirade.”

Hall is a Top Gear fan and has stood by the presenter after a string of controversies, including an incident last year when he appeared to mumble the N-word in a Top Gear out-take.

The BBC also puts much value on Clarkson and Top Gear, which is regularly watched by more than 5 million viewers and is said to be a lucrative source of revenue for the organisation when it is sold-on overseas.

But a source close to the inquiry said: “There can’t be one rule for talent and one rule for ordinary human beings.”