Sorry, folks, but we were proved right by Tony Hall. The BBC Director-General analyzed both Clarkson’s and Oisin Tymon’s versions of the fracas, declaring:
“It is not a decision I have taken lightly... I know how popular the programme is and I also know that this decision will divide opinion. The main facts are not disputed by those involved.”
On an ending note, I want to mention the three points BBC’s Tony Hall made in his statement on the hit motoring show and Jeremy Clarkson.
One: “A member of staff – 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
Two: “This has obviously been difficult for everyone involved but in particular for Oisin. I want to make clear that no blame attaches to him for this incident. He has behaved with huge integrity throughout. As a senior producer at the
Three: “Obviously none of us wanted to find ourselves in this position. 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. Jeremy is a huge talent. He may be leaving the
After checking the BBC Director-General's statement regarding Jeremy Clarkson in the release below, you may also want to check a summary of the investigation's findings by accessing the adjacent PDF file.
UPDATE: James May has something to say about the whole fracas fiasco in the following video.
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
UPDATE 2: According to The Sunday Times, Jeremy Clarkson feels hopeful about the future: "I think the concept of commercial-free broadcasting is a good one and — whisper it here — I think it’s good value too.”
UPDATE 3: James and Richard allegedly declined to renew their BBC contracts.UPDATE 4: Top Gear Live is dead. Long live Clarkson, Hammond and May Live.