BREAKING: Jeremy Clarkson sacked by BBC

DRIVEN OUT ... former BBC Top Gear presenter Jeremy Clarkson.
DRIVEN OUT ... former BBC Top Gear presenter Jeremy Clarkson.
  • Clarkson contract will not be renewed
  • Director General confirms departure of Top Gear star
  • “Line crossed” by Doncaster born star
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Doncaster Top Gear presenter Jeremy Clarkson’s contract will not be renewed, the BBC has announced.

Director-general Tony Hall said the decision had been taken with “great regret”.

He said: “It is not a decision I have taken lightly.”

Clarkson has been suspended from the hit motoring show since he was involved in what the BBC called a “fracas” with producer Oisin Tymon.

Mr Hall said he had met and spoken to both men and was publishing the findings of the BBC’s internal investigation, though he added that he took “no pleasure” in doing so.

He said: “The BBC is a broad church. Our strength in many ways lies in that diversity. We need distinctive and different voices but they cannot come at any price. Common to all at the BBC have to be standards of decency and respect.

“I cannot condone what has happened on this occasion. 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 me a line has been crossed. There cannot be one rule for one and one rule for another dictated by either rank, or public relations and commercial considerations.”

More than one million people signed a petition demanding he keep his job after he was suspended following the fracas which was sparked when Clarkson was told he could not have a £21.95 hot steak.

It is not a decision I have taken lightly. I cannot condone what has happened on this occasion.

Tony Hall