Its hard to imagine the BBC without Top Gear presenter Jeremy Clarkson and his gang of petrol heads. After a teddy out of the pram moment, becasue he could not have a steak, Jeremy Clarkson was apparently suspended. His fancy for hot food escalated into a midnight feast of arguing and a scuffle with a BBC producer.
However without even the news breaking, a petition was up online asking people to support Jeremy Clarkson’s return with even the Prime Minister wading in with:
“Because he is such a huge talent and he amuses and entertains so many people, including my children, who’d be heartbroken if Top Gear was taken off air, I hope this can be sorted out.”
Jeremy Clarkson, is pop culture royalty, with a character and stature that is larger than life. There is no doubt he makes for a great TV presenter, with Top Gear being a British Institution in its own right.
“Witnesses at Simonstone Hall Hotel in Hawes, North Yorks, near where the show was filming on location, told The Sun: ‘The staff knew the BBC crew were arriving late so they organised meat and cheese platters. The chef had already gone home.
“The producer was being blamed. Clarkson didn’t hit him — but he did use every possible swear word you can imagine. He had to be held back.’
“Another source, who said Clarkson had been drinking rosé wine, added: “It was more like a scuffle. The producer stood looking quiet and embarrassed.
“‘He was being blamed for not arranging hot food. The general manager ended up cooking for the presenters.’
“Clarkson’s co-stars were said to have looked on in shock as someone tried to calm the star, who eventually got his own way and tucked into a £21.95 8oz cut in a private room.
“The host has admitted there was ‘handbags and pushing’ over the incident but denies claims that he punched Mr. Tymon.”
Clarkson is not shy of shooting from the hip, with several foot in mouth moments, spanning his glittering career:
- July 2008: Drink-driving – BBC bosses told Clarkson off for supping a gin and tonic while behind the wheel of a pick-up truck at the North Pole.
- November 2008: Lorry drivers – With reference to Peter Sutcliffe, the Yorkshire Ripper, Clarkson joked on the show about how lorry drivers “murder prostitutes.”
- February 2009: Gordon Brown – The then prime minister was dismissed as a “one-eyed Scottish idiot” during a press conference in Australia.
- October 2009: Black Muslim Lesbians – Clarkson said that the BBC was obsessed with hiring black, Muslim lesbians to counter the number of white heterosexuals in its ranks.
- July 2010: Burkas and lingerie – During a Top Gear discussion on distractions while driving: “Honestly, the burka doesn’t work. I was in a cab in Piccadilly the other day when a woman in a full burka crossing the road in front of me tripped over the pavement, went head over heels and up it came, red g-string and stockings.”
- August 2010: Special needs – Clarkson referred to a Ferrari as “special needs” and a “simpleton” as a way of giving it a bad review.
- February 2011: Mexico – Clarkson sparked a diplomatic incident, and was forced to apologise to the Mexican ambassador
- January 2012: India – Viewers complained about Clarkson’s provocative remarks concerning the country’s clothing, trains, food and history.
- May 2014: The “N”-word – Clarkson was forced into a apology after appearing to mumble the word as he sang a nursery rhyme on Top Gear.
- July 2014: Slope – Ofcom said he had breached their guidelines, when he referred to an Asian person as a ‘slope’,
- October 2014: Falklands – Jeremy Clarkson caused offence this time by driving through Argentina using a number plate apparently referring to the Falklands War.
There is no doubt that Mr. Clarkson has a big job, keeping the fans satisfied with super car reviews and comedy moments, of dodgy motor destruction. This scuffle does seem to be a bit of a storm in a teacup, with over 70 percent of people polled on Digital Spy saying the show cannot go on without him.