NOT YER AVERAGE COUNTRY PUB: This is the Simonstone Hall Hotel in 13th century Hawes, scene off Clarkson's 'I want steak' row. Image: Facebook
LONDON, England - Suspended Top Gear TV presenter Jeremy Clarkson reported his heated row with a producer to his BBC bosses because he feared details of the incident would be leaked, reports said on Friday.
As indeed they were...
The Guardian and other newspapers reported that Clarkson told staff working on the hugely popular motoring programme that he had told Danny Cohen, the BBC's director of television, about the late-night incident - described initially as "a fracas" - at the Simonstone Hall Hotel near Hawes, a 13th century village in northern Yorkshire, and came into the bar at around 9.30pm after a day of filming last Wednesday.
The Sun said Clarkson, 54, phoned Cohen the day before his suspension to say he had had a "physical confrontation" with the producer but did not punch him.
Earlier reports said Clarkson verbally attacked Oisin Tymon after he failed to get a steak and was only offered cold cuts at the hotel where the crew stayed after filming.
More than 825 000 people have now signed an online petition urging the BBC to reinstate Clarkson.
SCENE OF THE ACTION: The bar at the Simonstone Hall Hotel that witnessed all the Clarkson action. Image: Hotel brochure