Jeremy Clarkson Settles Legal Dispute With Former ‘Top Gear’ Producer

Jeremy Clarkson Settles Legal Dispute with
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LONDON — Former “Top Gear” host Jeremy Clarkson has settled a racial discrimination and injury claim by the BBC show’s former producer, who was punched and racially abused by Clarkson.

No details of the settlement were revealed but it is thought the amount is in excess of £100,000 ($139,000), which will be paid by both Clarkson and the BBC. Clarkson also issued an apology to the producer, Oisin Tymon.

“I would like to say sorry, once again, to Oisin Tymon for the incident and its regrettable aftermath,” Clarkson said. “I want to reiterate that none of this was in any way his fault. I would also like to make it clear that the abuse he has suffered since the incident is unwarranted and I am sorry too that he has had to go through that. I am pleased that this matter is now resolved. Oisin was always a creatively exciting part of ‘Top Gear,’ and I wish him every success with his future projects.”

Following the attack in March the BBC decided that it would not renew Clarkson’s contract. Since then, Clarkson has teamed up with former “Top Gear” co-hosts Richard Hammond and James May, and the show’s former executive producer Andy Wilman, to create a new car show for Amazon Prime that will launch this year.

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  1. Steve says:

    This whole matter speaks to how poorly the BBC managed one of their most valuable properties. Despite the fact that Clarkson was a loose cannon, and that he had made a number of political enemies inside the BBC, it appears that the BBC had no contingency plan for his sudden loss or firing. I sympathize with the BBC to a point; workplace violence cannot be tolerated, and making an exception for a star who is pulling in millions of pounds would have reeked of hypocrisy. Yet, on another level, the BBC should have seen something like this coming. Clarkson has been in hot water over the India special, the apparent “slope” remark in the Burma Special; his comments about Mexico and the whole Argentina incident. Yet when Clarkson finaly crossed the line and had to be fired (or not re-signed), the BBC was caught flat-footed. Not only did management fail to anticipate the loss of May, Hammond and Wilmon, the network has lost control of the promotion of the show’s reboot, as reports of mishaps and accidents roll out in the press. Management often likes to say “no one is inexpendable.” The lesson here is that management needs to internalize that idea as well, and plan accordingly.

  2. driftbenz says:

    I would like to point out that this racial discrimination you reference, Was Oisin Tymon being Irish. Oisin was really reaching with that one just trying to get as much money and press as he could.

  3. Lex says:

    Clarkson made Top Gear watchable & addictive TV. The BBC blew this out of proportion and now they’re out of luck.

  4. Tony says:

    Whether one is entertained by Jeremy “Orangutan” Clarkson, or dismayed by him, the man made his mark in show business over the decades that he co-hosted Top Gear, while also making industrial quantities of cash for the BBC.

    “All for one, and one for all” was evidently the rallying call when Jeremy faced dismissal over that MINOR altercation, and the other two highly talented members of the Top Gear trio had to decide whether or not to disband the winning team. Oh well, the BBC’s loss is Amazon’s gain, and so turn the wheels of commerce,

    • Leyton says:

      Tony, you insult Orangutans. They are a gentle and friendly creature.

      Also the altercatioon was not MINOR as you suggest. I believe the guy was punched and racially abused. The sum of £100,000 is not an insignificant sum. Very very few cases in the UK are ever settled for such high amounts. Vento guidelines set by the Lords indicate appropriate amounts for compensation and the maximum band is at around £30,000 (for serious cases such a loss of limb) and loss of earnings is usually awarded for 2 years only. So the settlement being in six figures is really very high and would not have been so if the issue was MINOR as you put it.

  5. Geralt says:

    A miserable old man who hosted one of the most popular shows in the world and has way more money than you

  6. Keith says:

    Clarkson gets way too much press for being a miserable old man.

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