Jeremy Clarkson, a Top Gear star and one of the most notable figures in BBC, has been all around the news ever since his recent fracas with producer Oisin Tymon. He allegedly got angry after finding out that his favorite steak wasn’t available in the hotel he stayed after a day’s filming and set upon the producer with blows. Jeremy Clarkson has always had a halo of scandal about him, but this was probably too much for his bosses; he was suspended and the last two episodes of Top Gear Season 22 were cancelled.
Apparently it wasn’t too much for his fans, who immediately started a campaign demanding BBC to bring Clarkson back, according to the Inquisitr.
“It has been a difficult few months for Jeremy Clarkson. He was caught on video uttering a racial slur, and later the show’s team was chased out of Argentina after protesters took exception to a number plate on his car that appeared to make reference to the Falklands conflict. But now Top Gear fans are rallying to Clarkson’s support, using the Twitter hashtag #BringBackClarkson.”
By now the online petition has been signed by more than 800,000 people, and even the Prime Minister has said his word suggesting that BBC should, after all, bring Clarkson back.
Despite such massive support from fans, Clarkson himself seems to be seriously thinking about retiring – or at least leaving BBC and Top Gear. According to Independent, he compares himself to an aging dinosaur that, just as all the other big beasts, is going to be extinct sooner or later.
“The day must come, he admitted, when you “wave goodbye to the big monsters” and he went on to say that big imposing creatures on the brink of extinction, like the polar bears or tigers, had no place in a world which has moved on. “We lose one animal and we get another. The world turns.”
It seems that among all interested parties Clarkson himself is the least interested in his reinstatement – if, of course, he isn’t just messing with his fans as he always does. All in all, the party that has most to lose is BBC – after many years of being the face of Top Gear, one of the most popular shows on the channel, Jeremy Clarkson has turned into an incredibly valuable asset – so much that many #BringBackClarkson supporters state that without him they won’t have any reason to watch BBC whatsoever.