BBC Top Gear presenter Jeremy Clarkson has caused something of a media storm over the past couple of weeks after he was suspended from the hit TV show. Mr. Clarkson was suspended after he allegedly assaulted Oisin Tymon, one of the shows producers, during a row over what he wanted for dinner. Clarkson is also alleged to have been racially abusive to Mr. Tymon, calling him a “lazy Irish c**t.”
In the wake of the row Top Gear has been taken off air and the public have been divided over Clarkson’s future. Many people believe that Jeremy Clarkson should be sacked as a result of this latest fracas, as he has a history of controversial and racist remarks and he is believed to have been on a final warning from the BBC. Clarkson is a divisive figure and it reported that over one million people have signed an online petition demanding that he be reinstated.
It is believed that Clarkson’s future will be decided this week after a report on the incident is handed to BBC bosses. The Guardian reports that the BBC have been forced to cancel a run of Top Gear live shows in Norway until Clarkson’s future is settled. It is believed that almost 20,000 people have paid up to $150 each for tickets to the show. The BBC hopes to reschedule the shows later in the year but many people may lose out on travel and accommodation costs if they have booked in advance.
In the meantime, Jeremy Clarkson continues to create controversy. The Guardian reported last week that Clarkson launched a foul mouthed attack on his BBC bosses at a charity event in London. Video emerged of Clarkson telling the audience that he expected to be sacked.
Clarkson said “the BBC have f****d themselves, it was a great show and they f****d it up.”
“I didn’t foresee my sacking but I would like to do one last lap. So I’ll go down to Surrey and I’ll do one last lap of that track before the f*****g b*****ds sack me.”
The Independent reports that Jeremy Clarkson has now claimed that his words were meant in jest. Writing in The Sunday Times Clarkson is reported to have said “it was all meant in jest and anyway it worked.”
“By being brief, controversial and a bit sweary I woke the room up and the auction prize I was offering, one last lap of the Top Gear test track, raised £100,000.”
Jeremy Clarkson has taken to Twitter to thank those who have supported him and signed the petition calling for his reinstatement saying that he was “touched” by the support.
It would seem that Jeremy Clarkson still expects to be sacked however. The BBC report that Clarkson wrote in The Sun that “protest never works.”
“Protest never works. Because we are all plankton. And the world is run by whales.”
“You can be a big and important plankton but that doesn’t make a jot of difference if a whale has decided to eat you up. You can get a million other plankton to dress up and wave banners but Mr Whale won’t even notice.”
It seems that Jeremy Clarkson thinks that he has run his last lap on the Top Gear track.
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