Cameron defends Clarkson

BY CHARL BOSCH - MARCH 12, 2015

British Prime Minister David Cameron has come out in defence of suspended Top Gear presenter Jeremy Clarkson, describing him as a “huge talent” and that he hopes the matter would soon be resolved.

The out-spoken star was suspended by the BBC on Tuesday after reportedly punching one of the show’s associate producers, Oisin Tymon, who had apparently failed to arrange catering after filming for an upcoming episode had finished. Screening of the three remaining episodes, including this coming Sunday’s, has also been halted.

Speaking an in interview with the channel’s Midlands area related current affairs show, Midlands Today, Cameron said that he views Clarkson, who lives in the same constituency, as a friend and that he regrets the show being canned.

“Because he is a huge talent and he amuses and entertains so many people, including my children, who'd be heartbroken if Top Gear was taken off air, I hope this can be sorted out, because it's a great programme and he's a great talent.”

Asked by presenter Nick Owen if he believed the broadcaster was at fault for suspending Clarkson, Cameron said, “I don’t know what happened, every organisation has to be free to manage its talent. I don't want to interfere in the running of the BBC.

“I think did he say that he regrets what happened, so let’s hope it be resolved. The prime minister has many responsibilities, sadly, securing the future of Top Gear isn't one of them.”

On online petition demanding the broadcaster to re-instate Clarkson, has gathered over 600 000 votes with some even threatening to cancel their television licenses if he does not return.

The Telegraph newspaper meanwhile claims that Clarkson didn’t lay punches on Tymon but that a great deal of swearing and shoving took place. The paper also alleges that the “dust-up” could result in Clarkson leaving the BBC having clashed on numerous occasions with Head of Television, Danny Cohen, who last year put him on final warning after the much publicised incident in Argentina, his use of the n-word in a leaked outtake and using the term “slope” while filming in Burma.

A senior executive has told the paper that Clarkson’s relationship with the BBC had gone beyond breaking point and that he could simply wake away rather than patch things up.

“Everyone is convinced he will now go. Clarkson is widely despised and there are a lot of people who would be thrilled,” the paper quoted him as saying.

Clarkson is yet to make a statement on the matter.

 

IMAGE sourced from 3news.co.nz

 

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