BBC Sacks Top Gear Presenter

The British Broadcasting Corporation, BBC announced on Wednesday that it has dropped Jeremy Clarkson after the Top Gear presenter carried out an “unprovoked physical and verbal attack” that left a colleague bleeding and seeking hospital treatment.

The BBC director general, Tony Hall, who said the presenter had “crossed a line”, added that he took the decision to end Clarkson’s BBC career “with great regret,” 16 days after he was suspended following a “fracas” with a member of the Top Gear production team.

An investigation headed by BBC Scotland boss Ken MacQuarrie found that Clarkson had subjected Oisin Tymon to a 30-second physical attack after a sustained verbal tirade. Tymon took himself to an A&E department after the assault.

The report, published on Wednesday, revealed the full extent of the attack at the Simonstone Hall hotel in North Yorkshire, which took place after a day’s filming in Newcastle on March 4.

MacQuarrie concluded that Tymon was “subjected to an unprovoked physical and verbal attack” by Clarkson, during which he was “struck, resulting in swelling and bleeding to his lip.”

The attack “lasted around 30 seconds and was halted by the intervention of a witness,” and Tymon “offered no retaliation.”

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