When you think of cars, you most likely think of a rather pompous and egocentric British person. And no, there’s nothing wrong with you at all. That’s because for the last 13 years, Top Gear has been the face of motoring shows. And Jeremy Clarkson has been the face of that show, brand and its controversies.
Often in the firing line, Clarkson still somehow managed to keep his job, whether he was comparing all lorry drivers to murderers or pissing off entire nations with various ethnic slurs. This time however, Clarkson may have finally bitten off more than he could chew, as his latest fracas with a BBC producer has resulted in him being suspended from his job as a presenter on Top Gear, with the Beeb also choosing to no longer renew his contract.
According to the Telegraph, an internal investigation found that Clarkson verbally abused producer Oisin Tymon for 20 minutes, before launching a 30-second physical assault on him after Clarkson failed to receive a hot meal after a day’s filming.
“There can’t be one rule for talent and one rule for ordinary human beings,” a source told The Guardian. The BBC later acknowledged Clarkson’s contributions to the show and the brand, but remained adamant to keep him sacked. And that’s a decision which will cost the BBC plenty of cash, to stick by their guns. Top Gear regularly pulls in $75 million a year in sales for BBC Worldwide, with Clarkson’s volatile personality being a key draw for the show.
Even if regular hosts Richard Hammond and James May stay, the show won’t be the same without Clarkson. Who’ll most likely spin his particular brand of personality into a new future venture.
Last Updated: March 26, 2015