Over the past 14 days the fate of Jeremy Clarkson and Top Gear has been up in the air, but today may finally be the day BBC bosses finally decide whether he will continue to present the show or if enough is enough – and sack him.
Since Clarkson’s suspension for punching a producer there has been several campaigns and controversies surrounding it. The BBC will take this all of into consideration, and although he’s on his final warning, will they actually get rid of him?
Here’s a recap of the last 14 days…
10th March 2015 – Top Gear Cancelled After Jeremy Clarkson Suspended From BBC
Top Gear was cancelled after Jeremy Clarkson was suspended by the BBC after a ‘fracas’ with a producer. The BBC presenter was put under investigation following an argument with a Top Gear producer, resulting in that week’s episode of the BBC2 programme being cancelled.
11th March 2015 – Top Gear Producer Punched By Jeremy Clarkson Revealed
A source is quoted as saying:
Jeremy saw red over a catering issue. He just snapped. They came to the end of filming after a long day and Jeremy discovered that no food had been laid on. He just saw red and hit the assistant producer, who he blamed for not having organised the food. He snapped.
17th March 2015 – There Is A Petition To Make Alan Partridge Top Gear’s New Host
He presented hit (fictional) show ‘Crash! Bang! Wallop! (What a video)’, and now some people think he’d be perfect to fill the vacant hole Jeremy Clarkson recently left on BBC’s Top Gear. So much so, that someone started a petition on Change.org for it, and it’s steadily picking up steam with 1500 votes in favour so far.
19th March 2015 – Richard Hammond And James May ‘Refuse To Film Top Gear Without Jeremy Clarkson’
Hammond and May are reportedly sticking by Clarkson and won’t continue the show without him. This is according to The Mirror, who also say that a BBC executive revealed discussions were held about broadcasting the final episodes with the pair filming the studio scenes.
20th March 2015 – Jeremy Clarkson Calls BBC ‘F*cking B*stards’, Wants One More Top Gear Lap
The currently suspended Top Gear host was speaking in North London when he said he wanted one more lap on the show and went on to tell guests it was “a great show and they’ve f***** it up”.
In a video released last night and currently doing the rounds on the internet, he said “I didn’t foresee my sacking, but I would like to do one last lap. So I’ll go down to Surrey and I’ll do one last lap of that track before the f****** b******* sack me”.
21st March 2015 – Is A Midlife Crisis To Blame For Jeremy Clarkson’s Meltdown?
He is not only juggling a wife and mistress (who he was pictured with for the first time in a while this week), but has serious health issues with BOTH hips in need of replacing, a 40-a-day smoking habit that does not look like abating anytime soon and a penchant for drinking Rose wine by the gallon – apparently.
22nd March 2015 – Jeremy Clarkson COULD Return To BBC If He Admits Fault, According To Insider
According to one BBC insider, Jeremy Clarkson could return to his role on Top Gear and by extension the BBC, if he is willing to take a long hard look in the mirror.
Now that might be easier said than done for the egotistical presenter but with the masses of support on social media and from the general public for the presenter, the BBC seem to have decided cutting their losses with the star may be a foolish move.
22nd March 2015 – BBC Postpones Top Gear Live Due To Clarkson Suspension
The BBC were forced to cancel Top Gear Live dates in Norway this week, due to the ongoing fate of Jeremy Clarkson after he punched a producer. The future of Top Gear looks even more in doubt now as the BBC cancel live dates for the popular programme. Although last week they insisted that plans would go ahead, it now seems a Top Gear return is unlikely.
23rd March 2015 – Boris Johnson Say’s He Wants To Replace Clarkson On Top Gear
Boris Johnson is aiming to return to the House Of Commons as an elected MP in May, but he might also have his sights on a presenter job. Boris said that he would ‘definitely’ like to take over from Jeremy Clarkson on Top Gear, should he eventually get sacked.
24th March 2015 – Prime Minister’s Daughter Threatens Hunger Strike If BBC Sack Clarkson
David Cameron has revealed that his 11-year-old daughter has threatened a hunger strike if the BBC go through with the sacking of suspended Top Gear host Jeremy Clarkson. It turns out Nancy is a big fan of Clarkson and the show, and is not happy with his recent suspension. She has been holding short hunger protests and has ‘threatened’ more. However the Prime Minister, a friend of Clarkson, has told his daughter that it ‘would not be useful’.
Taking this all into consideration and the fact that the BBC earn £50m a year from Top Gear alone, is it likely they’ll get rid of him?