Jeremy Clarkson was dropped by the BBC on Wednesday after he punched Top Gear producer Oisin Tymon. The Director General of the BBC, Tony Hall, announced Clarkson's contract would not be renewed following an investigation into the incident.
Co-presenter James May has hinted that he may quit the BBC following today's news. When asked by journalists outside his home, May described himself, Richard Hammond and Clarkson as a "package." He said what had happened was a "tragedy" and that the "small incident" could have been easily sorted. Adding fuel to the fire, May changed his Twitter bio to "Former TV presenter."
The report into the incident was made public on Wednesday and revealed details of what occurred earlier this month. It says that Clarkson physically and verbally attacked 'Top Gear' producer Oisin Tymon, ending with Tymon admitting himself to hospital after suffering swelling and a bleeding lip. It confirmed earlier reports that Clarkson himself reported the incident to BBC management leading to his suspension.
Tony Hall stated that the decision not to renew Clarkson's contract was "not taken lightly" and the news would divide the public. Despite this, Hall said that he wishes Clarkson all the best for the future. "Jeremy is a huge talent. He may be leaving the BBC but I am sure he will continue to entertain, challenge and amuse audiences for many years to come."
Personal friend Prime Minister David Cameron issued a short statement saying "aggressive and abusive behaviour is not acceptable in the workplace." The Daily Mail reports that North Yorkshire Police have asked the BBC for the report on the incident, saying action will be taken "where necessary."
The BBC have said they hope to show the three remaining episodes of 'Top Gear' from the current series. They were pulled from the schedules in the wake of Clarkson's suspension on March 10. Fans of the show had hoped that Clarkson would be reinstated. An online petition has attracted over 1 million signatures from fans. #Television