Top Gear Executive Producer officially departs

BY CHARL BOSCH - APRIL 24, 2015

BBC Top Gear Executive Producer, Andy Wilman, has tendered in his resignation after originally denying it following the reveal of a letter on a motoring themed forum.

His resignation comes shortly after presenter James May announced that he had also quit the smash hit motoring show in the wake of the broadcaster’s firing of star presenter, Jeremy Clarkson.

“Me and [Richard] Hammond with a surrogate Jeremy is a non-starter, it just wouldn’t work. That would be lame, or “awks” as young people say,” May told The Guardian yesterday.

“It has to be the three of us. You can’t just put a surrogate Jeremy in and expect it to carry on. It would be forced. It doesn’t mean I won’t go back - we may all go back in the future. It might just be we have a break from it. It would be a bloody tough call to do Top Gear without Jeremy”.

The BBC has however remained mum on whether Wilman, who went to school with Clarkson and produced many of his shows outside Top Gear, left as a result of the outspoken presenter’s sacking last month due to him punching associate producer, Oisin Tymon at a Yorkshire hotel, in an alleged fracas blamed on a lack of hot food following a day’s filming.

Shortly after Clarkson's departure, Wilman denied he had any intentions of leaving after an email appearing to show his notice of leave, was published by motoring website Jalopnik. He later slammed the leakage, labelling the person who did it as a “t**”, that it was meant as a vote of thanks to the 113 people who worked on the show, and never intended for public viewing.

“I don’t get this modern obsession with sharing, liking, forwarding re-tweeting; whatever happened to a private moment? I work behind the camera and I wouldn’t presume for one moment to think people are interested in what I do,” he said following the leak.

In his first public statement since being firing, Clarkson wrote in his Sunday Times column that a cancer scare could have contributed to him losing his job, and that he felt lost and bored without Top Gear.

“Two days before the ‘fracas’, I’d been told, sternly, by my doctor that the lump on my tongue was probably cancer and that I must get it checked out immediately. But I couldn’t do that. We were in the middle of a Top Gear series. And Top Gear always came first,” he said.

“I have lost my baby but I shall create another. I don’t know who the other parent will be or what the baby will look like, but I cannot sit around anymore organising my photograph albums”. He has since been given the all clear.

 

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