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Jeremy Clarkson officially sacked from 'Top Gear'

The television personality's contract will not be renewed when it expires at the end of the month.

By Annie Martin
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LONDON, March 25 (UPI) -- Jeremy Clarkson has officially been fired from Top Gear.

BBC director general Tony Hall announced the news in a statement Wednesday. Clarkson has been on suspension from the series since March 10 following a physical altercation with producer Oisin Tymon on March 4.

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"It is with great regret that I have told Jeremy Clarkson today that the BBC will not be renewing his contract," Hall said. "It is not a decision I have taken lightly. I have done so only after a very careful consideration of the facts and after personally meeting both Jeremy and Oisin Tymon."

"I cannot condone what has happened on this occasion," he continued. "[Tymon] - 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."

"This decision should in no way detract from the extraordinary contribution that Jeremy Clarkson has made to the BBC," he qualified. "Jeremy is a huge talent. He may be leaving the BBC but I am sure he will continue to entertain, challenge and amuse audiences for many years to come."

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Clarkson, 54, has co-hosted the automotive program since its revamp in 2002, and is credited with helping the show become the most widely-watched factual series in the world. The host is no stranger to controversy, and apologized for using a racial slur in a nursery rhyme in May 2014.

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