Clarkson hints at Top Gear exit


Suspended BBC Top Gear star, Jeremy Clarkson, has hinted that he could be on the way out after labelling bosses a bunch of “f******* bastards” in an expletive-laden speech at a charity event on Thursday evening.

Although the broadcaster is yet to confirm whether he will be fired, Clarkson told audience members at the Roundhouse Theatre in London that the network’s bosses had “f***** the show up” and that he will donate his final lap of the Top Gear test track to charity. The final bid eventually came to £100 000 (R180 000).

“I didn't foresee my sacking, but I would like to do one last lap. I'll go down to Surrey and I'll do one last lap of that track before the f****** bastards sack me,” he said to laughter from the crowed whilst standing next to Pink Floyd drummer and self-confessed car fan, Nick Mason, who performed at the event

“And I will drive somebody around in whatever I can get hold off while I am sacked so it will be probably be a Austin Maestro who knows. But anyway, it will be my last ever lap of the Top Gear Test track”.

He also revealed that there had been an 18 year waiting list to be an audience member on Top Gear “but the BBC has f***** themselves and so who give a “f***. It was a great show and they’ve f****** it up. I’ll be a bit tearful when I do it, but f*** it, let’s do it,” he said before leaving the stage.

The outspoken star was placed on suspension by the broadcaster last weeks and the remaining three episodes of the show’s 22nd season cancelled, after he allegedly punched associate producer, Oisin Tymon, who he had accused of not arranging catering after a day’s filming.

It was also revealed that Clarkson himself phoned the BBC’s Head of Television, Danny Cohen, shortly before the incident went public to avoid a formal enquiry. Cohen had already placed Clarkson on final warning after a slew of indiscretions last year.

Following the shows cancellation, the BBC reported that four-million people less tuned in on Sunday evening to watch Top Gear’s replacement, a documentary about the Red Arrows Aerobatics Team.

Clarkson’s co-presenters, Richard Hammond and James May, have meanwhile indicated that they won’t continue presenting the show if he gets fired, while a petition to have him reinstated has attracted close to a million votes so far.

The BBC’s Director General Tony Hall, is set to give the final judgement next week.


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