Clarkson 'warned bosses' about meal row

2015-03-13 14:11

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


  • Blane Blandon - 2015-03-13 14:46

    BBC is the loser here , big time .

  • Jason Clarke - 2015-03-13 15:35

    BBC would lose a very popular figure, even though he behaves like a spoilt brat at times! Kiss and makeup methinks?

  • Paul Lucio - 2015-03-13 15:48

    They should just fire Clarkson, he knws he is a valuable asset to the BBC. I say they should cut their losses.

      Freddie Jones - 2015-03-14 04:43

      They wouldn't be cutting their losses, they would be creating them.

  • Louise Roderick - 2015-03-13 16:14

    An obnoxious man with an exaggerated sense of his own importance. Who actuly cares if he is fired or not?

      Karol Joszkowski - 2015-03-13 16:27

      Er, currently 825000 people and climbing according to the petition.

      joe.dow.5203 - 2015-03-13 17:01

      He is not getting my vote.

      Travis Palm - 2015-03-13 17:03

      Its a good idea to read the entire article and understand it befor commenting. Isnt that right Louise?

      Johan Arno Cilliers - 2015-03-13 17:39

      He knows he is all that and so do we..That's why he's so popular..If he changes,the show will be worthless

      stu.stow - 2015-03-13 18:50

      Millions do.....a damn sight more care about him, than care what you think!

  • Hannes Foulds - 2015-03-13 16:48

    You guys do realize this is just yet another stupid and transparent stunt to raise interest and viewership?

  • Laurence Weyers - 2015-03-13 17:02

    Louise there are over 360 million viewers of top gear. Perhaps you should stick to watching footballers wives and the Kardishans

      Jaco Labuschagne - 2015-03-13 17:52

      And perhaps your should learn some punctuation and spelling.

      Motormanpete - 2015-03-13 21:27

      Jaco, if YOU are going to be a clever dick, make sure YOU do not make a mistake either! PS. It’s YOU not YOUR. Moron…

  • Wade Terblanche - 2015-03-13 17:33

    No food after work? Who wouldn't be upset.

      Nikki Downes - 2015-03-13 23:55

      Most people would be upset. Tired after a long day and looking forward to a good hotel meal...and the hotel doesn't have the foresight to ensure their guests have a chef available? Poor show. Hunger also causes blood sugar levels to drop, increasing irritability. I do not condone him hitting anyone but I can understand how annoyed he must have been. I'll bet there is a lot more behind this too and this was the straw that broke the camels back.

      lizdon.ferguson - 2015-03-14 00:34

      Read the article...there was food, just not what he preferred.

  • Farakaan Davids - 2015-03-13 17:50

    Good show or not,the man was rude and arrogant and 825 000 people are petioning to het him reinstated.This world is morally bankrupt.And then some of us wonder why 62% of people in this country endorsed a corrupt rapist as president.

  • Joan Gerber Du Toit - 2015-03-13 17:58

    If ever I should own a hotel and Clarkson and his team stayed over, staff and kitchen WILL be available 24/7, what an honor, and their kitchen closed before 9:30???

      John Jessup - 2015-03-15 09:20

      Faulty Towers.

  • Kevin Pearson - 2015-03-13 19:18

    Clarkson is a stupid overrated prat

      Craig Jenny Mackenzie - 2015-03-13 21:21

      Oh Fred you are one sick racist

  • Derek Chapman - 2015-03-13 20:03

    I guess his previous snide remarks about other countries and race groups has caught up with him in an unxpected way. Some say "Karma is a biatch"

  • Craig Jenny Mackenzie - 2015-03-13 21:20

    I'm so glad that clack is a goner

  • Miquette Caalsen - 2015-03-13 23:00

    Oh people please. Love him or hate him, very few seem to grasp how the pieces are positioned on this chessboard. As the board stands right now, and if nothing else changes in the circumstances, Jeremy Clarkson CANNOT loose this match. No matter what move BBC makes, they will loose. This game is not for the inattention or those playing with agendas. Sorry peeps, but that's the way it is. If you step back and see the whole picture, starting about 3 - 4 years ago, this showdown will not surprise you. It certainly didn't surprise me. I am just waiting for the other shoe to drop. And that one has stepped in dog poop and is not Clarkson sized ...

  • Jaco De Witt - 2015-03-14 08:10

    Give that man his Steak...

  • Alwyn Kruger - 2015-03-14 11:15

    Fire him like they did to KP. See where that got them!

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