- Dec 26, 2006
On Twitter recent reports surface that Jeremy Clarkson is sacked by the BBC. However the Top Gear host himself denies these claims.
Clarkson responded to all the rumors on Twitter with: "Just to keep everyone up to date, I haven't heard a thing."
According to the Guardian Clarkson's contract will not be renewed, sourcing BBC's director general Tony Hall.
If the rumors are true this will most likely be the end of one of the world's most successful TV shows to date as Clarkson's co-hosts James May and Richard Hammond don't wish to continue without their partner, all three hosts have their contracts up for renewal this year.
To be continued...
Update 14:46 GMT: BBC confirms Clarkson's contract will not be renewed.
The BBC's director general has confirmed that Jeremy Clarkson will not be returning to the show after an "unprovoked physical attack" (PDF) on producer Oisin Tymon.
"During the physical attack Oisin Tymon was struck, resulting in swelling and bleeding to his lip. The verbal abuse was sustained over a longer period, both at the time of the physical attack and subsequently.
Ken MacQuarrie led the internal investigation into the 'fracas'. Oisin Tymon did not submit a formal complaint, and it is understood that Clarkson reported himself to BBC executives.
The verbal abuse "contained the strongest expletives and threats to sack" Mr Tymon, who believed he had lost his job, Mr MacQuarrie noted in his report.
Announcing his decision, BBC Director General Lord Hall said Clarkson's dismissal was unavoidable after "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."
"This decision should in no way detract from the extraordinary contribution that Jeremy Clarkson has made to the BBC. I have always personally been a great fan of his work and Top Gear."
Whether James May and Richard Hammond will continue on the show is yet to be confirmed. All three had their contracts up for renewal this year.
Even a man widely declared as 'evil', billionaire media magnate and supremo of News Corp and Fox Rupert Murdoch, tweeted "How stupid can BBC be in firing Jeremy Clarkson? Funny man with great expertise and huge following."
James May chimed in, hinting at the end of Top Gear as we know it to Sky News. He joked "if you'll excuse me, I very desperately have to write the eBay listing for my Ferrari."
"I'm sure Top Gear will continue in some form." When asked about whether he will continue with the programme, May said "I don't want to talk about that too much, I think it's very much the three of us as a package, it works for very complicated reasons and a lot of people don't fully understand. So, that'll require a lot of careful thought."
When asked about who the replacement could be, May simply said "As much as I think he's a knob, I quite like working with Jeremy."