It's official: Jeremy Clarkson won't have his contract with the BBC renewed following an investigation into a physical altercation with a Top Gear producer.
BBC Director General, Lord Tony Hall, announced the decision overnight after an investigation into a fight between Clarkson and producer, Oisin Tymon, at a hotel.
The investigation summary reads:
On 4 March 2015 Oisin Tymon was subject to an unprovoked physical and verbal attack by Jeremy Clarkson. During the physical attack Oisin Tymon was struck, resulting in swelling and bleeding to his lip. The verbal abuse was sustained over a longer period, both at the time of the physical attack and subsequently.
It adds in a timeline of events:
• earlier on 4 March, studio recording of Top Gear had taken place in Surrey and the presenters had travelled that same evening to the location shoot in North Yorkshire; • the incident occurred on a patio area of the Simonstone Hall Hotel, where Oisin Tymon was working on location for Top Gear; • the physical attack lasted around 30 seconds and was halted by the intervention of a witness; • it is the case that Oisin Tymon offered no retaliation; • the verbal abuse was directed at Oisin Tymon on more than one occasion – both during the attack and subsequently inside the hotel – and contained the strongest expletives and threats to sack him. The abuse was at such volume as to be heard in the dining room, and the shouting was audible in a hotel bedroom; • derogatory and abusive language, relating to Oisin Tymon and other members of the Top Gear team, continued to be used by Jeremy Clarkson inside the hotel, in the presence of others, for a sustained period of time; • it is clear that Oisin Tymon was shocked and distressed by the incident, and believed that he had lost his job; • following the attack, I understand that Oisin Tymon drove to a nearby [Accident and Emergency] department for examination; • over the subsequent days, Jeremy Clarkson made a number of attempts to apologise to Oisin Tymon by way of text, email and in person
The future of Top Gear is unclear, but Jeremy's cohorts are not maintaining an optimistic outlook in light of the decision.
Richard Hammond tweets:
Gutted at such a sad end to an era. We're all three of us idiots in our different ways but it's been an incredible ride together.
— Richard Hammond (@RichardHammond) March 25, 2015
Meanwhile, James May has changed his Twitter bio to "former television presenter only remembered for saying 'oh cock'".
May held an impromptu doorstop on the front step of his house, and was asked about the future of the show.
"I'm sure it can exist in some way. It existed before us," he specified, but added that he doesn't want to talk about whether he'll stay or go.
"The three of us as a package works for a lot of complicated reasons that a lot of people don't fully understand. That will require a lot of careful thought," he said outside his London flat.
When asked who he would like working with, May said that while he thinks Clarkson is "a knob", he quite likes working with him.
Watch it below.
Read between the lines on this one, and it looks like the Top Gear trinity has had it.