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

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.


"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."


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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