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23 Apr, 2015

Top Gear return ‘Virtually impossible’

Makes Statement

May says that he will not return to Top Gear without Clarkson.

Me and Hammond with a surrogate Jeremy is a non-starter. It has to be the three of us…I don’t think you could carry on with two people and put someone in as the new Jeremy because they are not going to be the new Jeremy. That would be short-sighted and I don’t think it would work. Virtually impossible.

31 Mar, 2015

BBC confirms live shows

Announces Tour

BBC confirms that Top Gear live world tour will go ahead and will feature Clarkson along with May and Hammond. The tour will not have BBC branding. BBC spokesman:

So as not to disappoint the thousands of people around the world who have already purchased tickets, BBC Worldwide has agreed with our joint venture partner Brand Events that the remainder of the tour can continue.

27 Mar, 2015

Not filing charges

Makes Statement

Tymon decides not to file charges against Clarkson for punching him in face.

I’ve worked on Top Gear for almost a decade, a program I love. Over that time Jeremy and I had a positive and successful working relationship, making some landmark projects together. He is a unique talent, and I am well aware that many will be sorry his involvement in the show should end in this way.

Tymon’s lawyer:

The events of the last few weeks have been extremely unpleasant for everyone involved. The matter has taken a great toll on Oisin, his family and his friends….Quite simply, Mr Tymon just wishes to return now to the job at the BBC he loves, as soon as possible. Further, the BBC have, in his view, taken action with a view to addressing the issues at hand. Mr Tymon agrees with the BBC’s stated view that all parties should now be allowed to move on, so far as possible.

25 Mar, 2015



BBC drops Clarkson from Top Gear and decides not to renew his contractBBC director general, Hall:

For me a line has been crossed. There cannot be one rule for one and one rule for another dictated by either rank, or public relations and commercial considerations……..This decision should in no way detract from the extraordinary contribution that Jeremy Clarkson has made to the BBC. I have always personally been a great fan of his work and Top Gear.

21 Mar, 2015

Warns supporters

Writes Article

In his column in The Sun, Clarkson warns his supporters that protests never work

The simple truth of the matters is this: Protest never works. Because we are all plankton. And the world is run by whales. Oh, 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.

Thanks supporters

Makes Statement

Clarkson thanks his supporters who have called for his reinstatement to Top Gear.

19 Mar, 2015

Expects to be sacked

Makes Statement

At a charity event in London, Clarkson says he expects to be sacked by BBC

I don’t know when I did my last ever lap of the Top Gear test track, before the (beep) BBC sacks me.

11 Mar, 2015

‘I don’t think it’s that serious’

Makes Statement

May comments on Clarkson’s suspension:

No, I think he has been involved in a bit if a dust up, but I don’t think it’s that serious.

Asked if he supports Clarkson:

In many ways no, I have said many times before the man is a knob, but I quite like him. It’s all getting a bit ridiculous.

10 Mar, 2015

Fight over catering

Clarkson allegedly hit producer Tymon for not getting him dinner in time after filming for the BBC show in Newcastle. Source:

Jeremy had a massive bust up with one of the male show producers and he ended up smacking him in the face. Everyone was absolutely stunned.


I’m having a nice cold pint and waiting for this to blow over.

Suspended after ‘fracas’ with producer

The BBC suspends Clarkson after he punches a Top Gear producer. BBC

Following a fracas with a BBC producer, Jeremy Clarkson has been suspended pending an investigation. No one else has been suspended. Top Gear will not be broadcast this Sunday. The BBC will be making no further comment at this time.

This Sunday’s episode was set to feature Clarkson with co-hosts Richard Hammond and James May working with classic cars such as a Fiat 124 Spider, an MGB GT and a Peugeot 304 Cabriolet.

1 May, 2014

N-word apology


Clarkson begs for viewers forgiveness after he appears to use N-word during filming of an episode of TV series, Top Gear.

Ordinarily I don’t respond to newspaper allegations but on this occasion I feel I must make an exception. A couple of years ago I recorded an item for Top Gear in which I quote the rhyme “eeny, meeny, miny, moe”. Of course, I was well aware that in the best-known version of this rhyme there is a racist expression that I was extremely keen to avoid. The full rushes show that I did three takes. In two, I mumbled where the offensive word would normally occur and in the third I replaced it altogether with the word teacher. Now when I viewed this footage several weeks later I realized that in one of the mumbled versions if you listen very carefully with the sound turned right up it did appear that I’d actually used the word I was trying to obscure. I was mortified by this, horrified. It is a word I loathe and I did everything in my power to make sure that that version did not appear in the program that was transmitted…I have here the note that was sent at the time to the production office and it says:

I didn’t use the N-word here but I’ve just listened through my headphones and it sounds like I did. Is there another take that we could use?

Please be assured I did everything in my power to not use that word, as I’m sitting here begging your forgiveness for the fact my efforts obviously weren’t quite good enough, thank you.

19 Mar, 2014

Slope comment


Clarkson is accused of racism for using the word ‘slope,’ an offensive racist term used for people of east Asian descent on the Burma Special. On seeing an Asian man cross his makeshift bridge:

That is a proud moment, but there’s a slope on it

1 Mar, 2014

Caught on camera using racist rhyme


Clarkson is caught using N-word on camera while filming Top Gear, sparking a racism controversy. In an unseen footage which was edited out of the show, Clarkson can be heard chanting:

Eeny, meeny, miny, moe…

He then mumbles:

Catch a n***** by his toe

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