The hosts of Top Gear consider themselves like The Three Musketeers, so when one of their closely-knit group was suspended, the others refused to return. The brouhaha brewed when Jeremy Clarkson became involved in a ruckus with a show producer, reported the Canada Journal.
The hosts who are refusing to participate in the series were invited to become a duo and continue Top Gear. But Richard Hammond and James May told the BBC that they declined the offer.
“They didn’t want to do it without Jeremy so the talks didn’t get off the ground,” explained a BBC insider. “There is a feeling that it is all of them or none of them.”
So precisely what happened to cause Clarkson to earn that suspension? It all started when he began bickering about dinner. During that argument, Jeremy reportedly slapped a show producer.
However, Clarkson has earned friends and fans who are now pressuring the BBC, said a source within the media mega-corporation.
“We must play everything with a straight bat but it is very frustrating while Clarkson’s friends continue to pour pressure on the BBC. Our priority has to be the person who has allegedly been attacked but we are between a rock and a hard place in all of this. There is no way everyone is going to be happy whatever is decided.”
Top Gear isn’t the only series where hosts have refused to return or even walked off the set. And in the case of The View, the walk-out came during the filming of a live show, reported the New York Daily News.
Both Whoopi Goldberg, who still moderates the popular talk show, and now former co-host Joy Behar headed out the door when they were discussing the “Ground Zero mosque” with Bill O’Reilly and the debate grew increasingly heated.
“70 percent of Americans don’t want that Mosque down there,” claimed Bill. “Muslims killed us on 9/11.”
“Bullsh*t,” screamed Whoopi. “”Extremists did that!”
As O’Reilly proceeded on the same theme, Joy rose from her chair.
“I don’t want to sit here right now,” Behar said angrily. “I’m outraged.”
She and Whoopi both left at that point.
In addition to those two co-hosts of The View arguing with a guest, more recently Rosie O’Donnell engaged in heated debates with Whoopi on the show. As the Inquisitr reported, Rosie finally declared that the stress of those intense discussions had exacerbated her heart condition and health, and she resigned.
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