At last: What Clarkson really did - and why

2015-03-12 14:01

LONDON, England - The saga has been rumbling for days: Did Top Gear's Jeremy Clarkson clobber a producer - or did he not? And why?

The answer, it seems, is yes and no, but apparently there was no real punch involved. Thought there was a lot of swearing.

London's Sun and Daily Mirror have each reported, according to DPA, that Clarkson's suspension by BBC-TV and the cancellation of the last three shows in the current series was all about a late night and an absence of food at a hotel.


The Motoring Nut, Clarkson, the newspapers said, verbally attacked a Top Gear producer because the latter failed to arrange a late-night steak for him and Clarkson was only offered cold cuts at the hotel where the crew stayed prior to filming.

DPA said Clarkson, 54, asked producer Oisin Tymon to order him a steak at the 15-strong Top Gear crew's hotel in North Yorkshire, England, but he was told the chefs had already left for the day, the Sun and Mirror newspapers reported.

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The Sun quoted an unidentified "local" at the hotel as saying: "Clarkson didn't hit him (Tymon) but he did use every swear word you can imagine. He had to be held back."

The Mirror quoted an unnamed witness as saying Clarkson did hit the producer but "it was more like a scuffle".

Tymon "was being blamed for not arranging hot food", the witness said. "The [hotel's] general manager ended up cooking for the presenters."

Since the story broke about 700 000 people have signed an online petition urging the BBC to reinstate Clarkson.

Even British prime minister David Cameron, a friend of Clarkson, also backed the presenter.

"He is a constituent of mine, he is a friend of mine, he is a huge talent," Cameron told the BBC.

"I hope this can be sorted out because it is a great programme and he is a great talent."


What do YOU think of Clarkson's behaviour - arrogant, funny, racist, blunt? Tell us and we'll publish your thoughts on Wheels24.

Phatzplay: 'Jeremy Clarkson cannot be fired as he makes the show one of the best programmes ever! What is BBC's most viewed show? How much did Top Gear make last year and for the past 20 seasons? Don't get rid of Jezza, get rid of the producer (not fire him, move him to another show) simply because Jeremy, Richard and James are the faces of Top Gear!'

Louis Walters says: 'We are dealing here with a person who enjoys being in the limelight but is not willing to take full responsibility for what such a role entails. If one hungers for celebrity status then one should understand that judgement will be stricter on all aspects of your life and I don’t believe Clarkson understands this. He has abused his position for long enough now. Let’s find an auto industry guru who has a sense of responsibility. I’m sure Clarkson has enough money for retirement now. Let us not shed a tear

Louis Wagner says: 'Jeremy Clarkson is the one beacon for millions who have had it "up to here"/had enough wih the PC epidemic in the UK. Whatever happened to freedom of speech? Dismiss the incompetent manager and get on with it, BBC.'

Danie Byleveld: 'Once an individual becomes bigger than the organisation and gets away (with trouble) every time, does it not matter what he does? It's really not healthy and he's a disgrace to the BBC. My son loves Top Gear but the example he (Clarkson) gives is bad - very bad.'

MandyJo: 'In a world filled with talking heads and stuffed shirts his behaviour is a counterbalance to the PC bulldust to which everybody seems to think they must sign up. He's an equal opportunist insulter and I'm prepared to take one on the chin for the number of times he's made me laugh watching others take one on the chin.'

Adele: 'Jeremy is an absolute asset to the show; you either enjoy his sense of humour or you don’t. His sense of humour is fantastic and Top Gear is the only show that I watch on BBC. So, for all those critics out there who have no sense of humour – WATCH SOMETHING ELSE!'

Pieter Page: 'I wanted to reply on the Jeremy issue but see a lot of other likeminded people have already said it all very nicely. Jeremy is Jeremy, we love him as he is, and if you don’t like him don’t watch his shows.

I hope Top Gear tells the BBC to stuff-off and starts to make regular Top Gear movies. That would be great fun. Go Top Gear!'

Henry Benjamin: 'Well, great show, but if u don't nip it and nip him he becomes arrogant and keeps on doing it. Nip him - he's racist, nobody one is irreplaceable.'

Pieter van Zyl: 'This is just a publicity stunt for the show, like all the other incidents he is involved in. Good luck, the show is in any way not as good as the earlier episodes.'

Sam de Jager: 'He is just funny and straight.'

Sipho Jerry Mdaka: 'Describing other races differently to oneself and degrading them because they are not born the same as you is purely under-estimation, and unfortunately that's what is called racism. I fully support the BBC's decision to suspend him; the 122 000 signatures might be in need of his talent but the challenge here is that the talent is characterised by racism.'

Erin Georgiou: 'He may be blunt but it is refreshing - says things like they are, no frills. Let him be.'

Theo Zentgraf: 'Jeremy Clarkson has never been a favourite of mine because he is rather opinionated. However, it is his prerogative to say what he wants and mine to not watch his programmes.

'People are way too sensitive about what others are saying and nowadays there are far too many that are not politically not correct. This is utterly ridiculous. Words at the end mean nothing in terms of who I am and, truthfully, I really do not care what people are saying but rather what they are doing.

'When physical fights break out it is another matter. It is unacceptable from any side but the attacked has to defend himself. Was Clarkson the attacker? In a workplace this is also unacceptable.'

Pieter Buys: 'He's just practising freedom of speech and expression, call a thing a thing. People need to be less emotional to stuff like this and concentrate more on the important issues in life. Jeremy is Jeremy - because of things like this he breaks the ice for people.'

Taraince: 'He is the best, because surely if you're proud of who you are then I see no reason for you to be angry. Call him a white and all is fine but when he calls you Asian or black then its racism? Stop being extremists (loving Top Gear).

Gerhard Borstlap: 'Jeremy Clarkson is getting more and more outspoken and in every episode he is blasphemous. That is why I stopped watching. If he starts getting physical he deserves to be fired.'

Fehnaz Khan: 'I think Jeremy is blunt and may have a touch of arrogance which, in a way, is entertaining and refreshing. He is not scared to share his thoughts. Everybody is entitled  to an opinion; don't take everything to heart. Everybody has a choice and if you don’t like him don’t watch him. To survive in this selfish world everybody should have a bit of Clarkson in them.

'As for the “alleged attack”, it is unacceptable, but Clarkson could have been provoked.'

William Thompson: 'Clarkson is brilliant.'

Munirjoosub: 'It's entertainment, just like a stand-up comedian would do, it's a joke, it lasts for the duration of the laugh. People have to ease up and not take things so seriously.'

Linda van Bruggen: 'Clarkson IS Top Gear. His arrogance and Devil-may-care persona contribute to the success of the programme. Take him away and the programme will fade away. Why do you think the other countries’ Top Gear programmes are not that popular? They simply do not have the dynamics of the British Top Gear brought together by the three presenters (of which Clarkson is the one we enjoy the most).'

Odwa Ntlokwana: 'I don't think there's much wrong with what Jeremy does. He uses stereotypes and peoples' different races/cultures etc to promote comedy and humour. Stand-up comedians do the same thing and they don't get this much drama. If Jeremy's jokes and comments offend you... don't watch Top Gear. Simple!

Marius Kretzen: 'One of the main reasons people around the world watch “HIS” show is for the “funny / sarcastic” comments from Clarkson, Hammond and May.

'People take life far too seriously, calm down and live for a change. This is a motoring / comedy show, leave it at that. "Mistakes” can creep in, but that’s not the intention of the show.

'Where is the mighty BBC when it comes to screening the show before it’s aired? No, it takes the change (sharing the profits) and when it backfires (number plates, boot toilet, racial comments) then it becomes a Jeremy Clarkson problem?'

Craigmac: 'His comments are very amusing and should be seen as such. In a world with so much madness his comments should never be taken seriously. People will complain about everything and if we react to all those complaints we'll have very boring TV shows.'


  • Alfred Karius - 2015-03-12 14:38

    He sounds like a narcissistic diva throwing a hissyfit because the production did not revolve around him and fulfill his every need. FIRE HIM.

      Joe Black - 2015-03-12 15:06

      And how is this new in showbiz?

      Graham du Plessis - 2015-03-13 20:00

      If I were to punch a colleague at work, do you reckon I would keep my job? I think the famous should have to live with the same laws and rules as the rest of us!

  • Dean Tensa Zangetsu Wyngaard - 2015-03-12 14:47

    In my opinion, race has been a issue since it began no one can pass by it. Everyone has made racial comments whether it be subconsciously, verbally or physically. As it's been said in a previous comments Jeremy Clarkson is just that straitforward. In today's age everything is based on race. He really is a spectacular personality and feel cancelling the next episodes and suspending/relieving him of his position is rather harsh

      Nicholas Van Graan - 2015-03-12 17:42

      Yip, another PC storm in a teacup.

      Jan Bal - 2015-03-16 14:23

      This is how clumsy the BBC has been in dealing with Top Gear. As someone said above, they let all the controversial stuff through and have it aired and when it backfires, it is all dumped onto Jeremy. Their latest move indicates their stupidity. They have cancelled the airing of the latest episode of Top Gear and replaced it with previous special episodes featuring...... guess who.......? Jeremy Clarkson.

      Neil Murray - 2015-03-26 13:51

      How does race enter into this? He's been suspended for hitting and swearing at Oisin Tymon a (white) producer. Read the article properly, then comment.

  • Louis Jordaan - 2015-03-12 15:05

    he is the show. without him it would be No Gear

      Irma Sargeant - 2015-03-12 23:56

      No, my friend, it would be Move on to the NEXT gear... Time to go, Jeremy.

      Solo Wing - 2015-03-14 09:22

      No Jeremy,then it's Reverse Gear.

  • Craig Shaun Henry - 2015-03-12 15:16

    Says something about SA culture that most people defend Clarkson because he is good at what he does, and they like him. Totally irrelevant of course, if someone is physically abusive they need to be sanctioned accordingly, irrespective of the fact if it stops you watching your favourite tv show.

  • Kimberly Rieper - 2015-03-12 15:55

    Look, we all get crabby when we're hungry, but to go ape on someone because he wasnt being waited on hand and foot is ridiculous! What he has going for him is a vast knowledge of his profession and his quick wit, but in all honesty, I'm not going to miss the man if he gets sacked for his raucous behavior. Oh and if someone could please give him a tampon, it seems that he is fresh out.

  • Steve Singers - 2015-03-12 16:40

    I'll race the pommie bastard for his innocence... If he wins he's back on BBC, if I win I get a steak!

  • Selena Gibson - 2015-03-12 18:39

    And if his wife fails to cook does she get abused too?

      Paul Lessing - 2015-03-12 19:11

      What an idiotic statement. His wife doesn't get paid to do a job. If you were looking for a clever line, try another one.

      Jacques Van Der Merwe - 2015-03-17 11:55

      Clarkson and his wife separated last year.

  • craig.taylor.7906 - 2015-03-12 19:30

    Seems a bit hectic over a steak in my view, who cares...just eat what they have. Heck, he could easily miss a few meals and still be fine.

  • June Loeve - 2015-03-12 20:48


      Merle Jewill - 2015-03-13 12:14

      I must say, if I had hundreds of thousands of people defending me, I too, would think I am special, he has to be, 'some sort of special', surely?

  • Tyrone Leigh Smith - 2015-03-12 21:30

    Everyone gets edgy when they are hungry. Let the man eat steak, and give him the BBC crown too, as he is the king.

  • lood.klerk - 2015-03-12 22:23

    So if service is bad and you complain then you are a racist! How pathatic! But then we know it all here in SA!

      Keith Roberts - 2015-03-15 06:43

      In these PC days, everything you do is racist.

  • Cliff Slabbert - 2015-03-12 23:42

    Just get the show going and stop talking crap! wada wada wada ....................

  • Irma Sargeant - 2015-03-12 23:54

    Really? Celebrities who have no manners and treat everyone with disdain should be lauded and put on tv to stand as examples for the general public? If you're a rude pig, inconsiderate and unreasonable... Well, I won't say any bad words, but, mr Clarkson, I know you could fill in all the crass, common colloquialisms. Time to retire, crotchety old geezer.

  • Wesley Cupido - 2015-03-13 12:45

    That's why we love South Park - Equal opportunity Insulters! clarkson has nothing on Cartman! if it was about not having a hot meal at the end of a long day I can understand his frustration. This is making a big scene about nothing. the PR machine is in full swing. "suspend" him for a minor issue and get the masses to rally around him. More serious offences like insulting Argentina, India, Mexico, Romania go un-punished because the BBC knows what the show is worth. a sign of the times... enjoy the "motoring show" on Sunday!

  • Aziza Manza - 2015-03-13 13:36

    Got fired for a steak. Reminds me of the peanut in a bag noton the plate. Time to move on the next show. Expensive hot juicy steak

  • Bonniemarie Bailey - 2015-03-13 16:31

    If one complain about bad service delivery these days, you are classified as a racist. May Top Gear reinstate Jeremy and continue as always! It is a brilliant show & Jeremy is not replaceable.

  • Nicholas Fraser - 2015-03-13 17:37

    Once the main star of the show goes then the show goes down hill. yes i am sure the other 2 can carry on for a bit BUT will it really ever be as good???? Classic example Two and a Half Men. It just isnt the same with out Charlie and i only watch a episode every now and then if thats all there is to watch.

  • Dan De Lange - 2015-03-13 18:05

    He is an arse

  • Kevin Pearson - 2015-03-13 20:12

    Shame. Give the poor idiot his steak.

  • Melt Olckers - 2015-03-14 13:41

    This is a highly controversial issue, I know. But the BBC is not known for treating all staff equally. For years they knew about the crimes of Jimmy Savile and did nothing about it. Clarkson is a loose cannon but not a criminal like Savile. On the other hand, Clarkson is a cash cow for the BBC. Their loss will be someone else's gain. Clarkson will not be the loser, no matter what happens.

  • Keith Roberts - 2015-03-15 06:36

    There is no doubt that Jeremy Clarkson IS Top Gear, without him it will be a flop.

  • Courtney Baird - 2015-03-15 08:59

    to hell with him.............he was good.........

  • Wolff Wolff - 2015-03-15 09:37

    Clarkson is a bit of a knob and his fame has clearly gone to his head. Bullet the bugger, he is by no means irreplaceable.

  • Cebolenkosi Ntobeko Ngcobo - 2015-03-15 19:09

    Fun fact Richard Hammond was offered something like 20 million for a one Top Gear season so just imagine how much Clarckson is getting

  • Andrew Roberts - 2015-03-15 20:28

    I'm sure other networks have already have deals in place to sign him, Hammond and captain slow. Snooze you loose. But I'm sure the BBC know that, and this is a slap on the wrist. Top Gear will have a new season next year. A show of this magnitude wont end over a steak.

  • Brett Levitas - 2015-03-16 08:02

    We have so few humourous light hearted things to watch anymore! As long as #bringbackclarckson didnt join isil and behead another human, there s not reason he shouldnt be put back on the air!!

  • Annette - 2015-03-16 08:12

    you have got to be kidding! he is a rude and obnoxious man

  • Kal Reegar - 2015-03-16 09:24

    So many suckers on the planet. One of the greatest marketing ploys ever. He's as fired as Zuma is.

  • Nicola Lee Rushin - 2015-03-26 17:24

    Reminds me of Kim Basinger's outbursts when they were shooting that movie in the bush in Kenya. She apparently threw a fit at her make-up artist, hair dresser and other colleagues and was upset because they weren't able to provide the daily "anti-aging" milk bath that she was accustomed to. According to some reports, she had an outburst because elephants came too close to her room and did not respond to her attempts to "shoo" them away! I think Clarkson has reached that "Basinger" point in his career where he needs to be knocked down to size alittle, for his own good - and anyone else who has to deal with him.

  • Anton Van Der Westhuizen - 2015-04-25 04:21

    High time he goes ! He is the single reason I don't follow the show.

  • Mark Anthony Hailwood - 2015-06-29 12:27

    Sipho Mdaka get that chip off of your shoulder bud, it'll be okay i promise. No one feels bad for your continents inability to find success, least of all the nation that brought you the wheel, written word, and clothing. Try succeed on your own, it IS possible without being molly coddled from cradle to grave, promise.

  • Fanie Nagel - 2015-06-30 11:55

    Clarkson is a selfcentered a$$hole.!!

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