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Should Jeremy Clarkson be sacked or reinstated?

Top Gear is the BBCs most successful show, being shown in the UK and 214 territories around the world plus having a huge Facebook following of over 19 million people.

Interestingly 40% of the TV audience is female. Much of its popularity is down to Jeremy Clarkson with his amusing, irreverent and witty personality plus an outstanding knowledge of cars.

However over the past few years he has repeatability been in trouble with bosses at the BBC for allegedly making comments which are not “politically correct”. In May 2014 it seemed as if one of his faux pas was the last straw and he told his followers “I’ve been told by the BBC that if I make one more offensive remark, anywhere, at any time, I will be sacked.”

Today, Tuesday 10th March the 54 year old star has been suspended by the BBC pending an investigation into a “fracas with a BBC producer” The rumour is they came to blows.

What’s your view on Jeremy Clarkson?  Should he stay or should he go? Is he a quirky British character or getting too offensive for the BBC? Should Top Gear be pulled?

Should Jeremy Clarkson be sacked or reinstated?

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billstit
13th Jun 2016
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He's a pratt so should remain sacked , but he could do a good deed and take C Evans with him , PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE .
tmeadow2
27th Apr 2016
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He should remain sacked. Just because he is a well known figure doesn't excuse his behaviour.
wiffler
12th Mar 2016
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JulieJ1
2nd Mar 2016
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No way!! He's a "plonker Rodney"!! So arrogant! So smug! Pity James May and co thought they should follow him! They were pure 'little boys" enjoying themselves!! Great fun! Go on chaps have a go on your own! Oh too late they've got Chris Evans!
celtwitch
11th Feb 2016
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I would prefer to see him 'reincarnated' as a bed bug!
HEAPUS
22nd Jan 2016
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Nobody on T.V. can match the chemistry between Clarkson ,May and Hammond ,granted they act like overgrown schoolboys sometimes and mere mortals could never aspire to some of the cars they drive but cancelling the show because of some "handbags" ,in a pub ,after a long day is O.T.T.
Harry_K
1st Jan 2016
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I wonder if I was to use some of the ignorant metaphors as Clarkson , on a social media network would I be banned immediately or would they chuckle and say go on my Son and we'll pay you to continue !.
davitts dame
19th Dec 2015
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I AGED 78 AND GRANDDAUGHTER AGE 24 ABSOLUTELY LOVED THAT PROGRAM AND ALL THE GUYS BUT JEREMY WAS OUR FAVOURITE COZ HE USUALLY CAUSED ALL THE CHAOS. MISSED THAT PROGRAM FOR AGES AFTER IT WENT OFF AIR AND STILL DO JUST WISH SOME SENSIBLE PERSON WOULD BRING IT BACK IN ALL ITS GLORIOUS MADNESS.
meggieb
18th Dec 2015
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Complacency lands you in the Byrne each time, he was only an employee not God, get over your self mr clarkson, you're no better than us, grow up, I'm saying this alledgedly!
magherafelt1939
31st Oct 2015
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Clarkson is one of the most annoying "motor mouths" on Tv. Clarkson and his colleagues drive around in high powered and VERY EXPENSIVE cars that the average British motorist can only drive of. Off with his head.
britmale
11th Oct 2015
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Replace it and him with a program about cars most of us can afford with the occasional dream car!
frances steward
27th Sep 2015
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there was nothing wrong with top gear Clarkson Hammond &may made a damn good show.better than a lot of the rubbish you get on the box.
Jean Cadby
27th Sep 2015
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He crossed the line and declared his true colours. He will not change
tykepenn
7th Sep 2015
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He is an overwhelming arrogant snob that thinks of no one but himself he makes a bad impression for younger viewers and vulnerable people thinking that his behaviour is normal "Not "
leodis
17th Aug 2015
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I can't see what all the fuss is about. As I see it, it was a lad's spat, a playground scuffle, even the chap he allegedly hit said all he wanted to do was get on with his life. This is PC gone mad. Boys get physical sometimes and it's always been thus. So BBC get off you headmasterish high horse and forget it.
keithknapman
17th Jul 2015
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The man is obnoxious
andbrown01
29th Jun 2015
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reinstated with out a doubt
patsea
19th Jun 2015
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I am fed up reading about this in the newspapers what makes this so newsworthy does he think he can get away with anything,does money absolve you I don't think so!
bright bird
19th Jun 2015
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The man is an ignoramus. He opens his mouth without any thought of repercussions or upset caused. He has been warned on various occasions and chooses to ignore any negative feedback. He is paid an inordinate amount of money for doing nothing of any consequence. Is ego is bigger than his brain and his mouth is bigger than both!
duckman
29th May 2015
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the sacking of JC WAS A SET UP by the producer who hated him. they should sack all the lefties in the baised broadcasting corporation and cancel the licence TAX. I would rather watch top gear than these socalled clternate idiots who can only swear etc look at brand and ross, the two crudest people on tv, but they bbc still give them airtime and pay them over the odds
Dr Barrie
30th Aug 2015
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Duckman you are so right in what you say. Yes he spoke his mind about subjects that infuriated him......What's wrong in that ?
The 'trouble' that l found with Top Gear was that they only seemed to review / tear the tyres off cars that your average man in the street could only dream of !
wiffler
29th May 2015
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You only have to look back to previous shows; he is funny but, he is a bully.
BrendaG1
23rd May 2015
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A lot of people are so busy worrying about Jeremy Clarkson, that the producer who was assaulted seems to have been totally forgotten in all this. He unfortunately doesn't wield the power and influence that Clarkson does, and reportedly was off work with stress as a result of the incident. I hope he is able to put the whole unpleasant scene behind him, and get on with his career. As for Clarkson, people should remember that no-one, no matter who they are, is indispensable. Yes, the show will change with new presenters, but maybe it will then be more about cars than the over inflated egos. I see that Guy Martin has been touted as one of the possible new presenters, He would be excellent, as he has bags of personality but also a great passion for engines of any kind, and is always up for a challenge. It really isn't the end of the world, and put in a wider context of what is happening globally, it really isn't that important.
IrisO
19th May 2015
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Although I don't have a great deal of interest in cars I did watch this programme because it made me laugh. I like to laugh but somehow comedians do not amuse me. However, Jeremy, Richard and James have a magic ingredient, they are brilliant together and I was very upset at the thought of this trio breaking up. However, I am glad to say they will continue whether it be for the BBC or not. I am delighted. I do not condone what Jeremy did, he made a big mistake but don't we all at times when life gets tough for us. I find myself watching more and more ITV programmes. I have fallen out of favour with the BBC, political news, in my opinion, is biased and not worth the money we spend on our licences.
Notdeadyet
10th May 2015
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It is ancient history now as I write this but the BBC did the right thing in sacking him, why they took so long to make up their minds to do it though I cannot understand. Anyone less high-profile than him would have gone instantly. Another case of one rule for this person and another rule for that person.
Stoic
23rd Apr 2015
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I stopped watching Top Gear regularly some time ago. Still pause and have look see when browsing through the programs on offer - as is my habit - when I have control of the remote! Parts, I like, when they are home in the hanger, or whatever the building is. I never know the personalities that are interviewed, or care how well they have done on the racetrack. Always thought JC did very well in these little chats, and as often as not gave away the laughs to his guest. I just loved his shear joy and knowledge of cars. His raising a certain car to his seemingly best ever in his trial run, then finally tells us it's a really bad apple, and can't find a good thing right to say about it.
Recently I heard he had been offered a part in a discussion type program with the BBC. Now I thought this an ideal part for Jeremy Clarkson. His straight forward, often common sense opinions. This could be tapped and for once give this avenue of his intellect to be voiced where it has a chance to flower and prosper among the liberal leftist and dead end comedians of the BBC, who have it too much to themselves.
Philip PM
18th Apr 2015
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andbrown01
10th Apr 2015
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reinstated with out delay
daydreams
8th Apr 2015
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Let's have Top Gear as it used to be, when it was more about the cars than the presenters.
tailpipe
5th Apr 2015
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The producer he slapped probably deserved it and why did the producer have no backbone and hit him back and who goes to A&E for a split lip was it for publicity
AllyM12
3rd Apr 2015
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Bring back Tiff Needell! So fed up with presenters like Jeremy Clarkson who think they are more interesting than the programmes they present. Besides which, Tiff is ageing better ......
ed121
2nd Apr 2015
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an ignorant man not worth talking about /// so I shall say no more
sacking is too good for him police should have intervened and charged him
Hackney chapman
1st Apr 2015
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If I had hit anybody while in any employment I would have got the sack, so what is so special about him
shallanna
1st Apr 2015
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He's very arrogant & thinks he can do & say as he pleases, wrong! As far as the females think he's good looking , get your eyes tested!.
davitts dame
19th Dec 2015
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MY GRANDDAUGHTER AND I HAVE EXCELLENT EYESIGHT AND WE BOTH LAUGHED SO MUCH WHEN JEREMY WAS ACTING THE FOOL AND HIS SIDEKICKS WERE GREAT TOO. WE MISS THE PROGRAMME VERY MUCH IT WAS FUNNY EXCITING AND INTERESTING. NOTHING ELSE COMES CLOSE TO THAT PROGRAMME AND ONE STUPID LITTLE ROW WHEN THEY WERE TIRED AND HUNGRY (MEN ARE NOT THEMSELVES WHEN THEY ARE HUNGRY) CAUSED SOME MISERABLE PERSON TO CANCEL ONE OF THE BEST SHOWS EVER ON TV. AS FOR GETTING OUR EYES TESTED AS FAR AS HIS LOOKS WHAT A STUPID SEXIST REMARK, IT WASNT HIS LOOKS HE HAS SOMETHING FAR MORE ATTRACTIVE AND THAT WAS HIS HUMOUR AND PERSONALITY I AM 78 MY GRANDDAUGHTER 24 WE BOTH LOVED CLARKSON ET AL. BRING IT BACK YOU MISERABLE OLD FOGEYS.
jogger
31st Mar 2015
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Over the years he has been become increasinlgy arrogant.
He admits the assault and there are many witnesses
He should be charged with assault, and then sent to prison, or at least 1000 hours of community work
Val1984
28th Mar 2015
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I have always been a great fan of Top Gear but I feel all this hype is academic. The three compliment each other so to introduce a new personality will completely change the show. I hear that James May and Richard Hammond have only a month left on their contracts so all three of them will probably be snapped up by someone like Sky and produce a rebranded show on another channel.
Life is too short to keep this thread going!
theroadie
28th Mar 2015
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Always been a big fan of Top Gear and still am or was should I say, with Clarkson gone and possibly the other two going I can't imagine the show would be worth watching. Personally I like Clarkson, I don't agree with everything he says and punching the producer is a big no,no, but at least he's not afraid to speak his mind, we are living in a world today where you daren't sneeze in case some namby pamby do gooder takes offence. Anyway most of what he says is with tongue in cheek.
petegeoff
27th Mar 2015
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Knows about cars? He reads a script! A loud mouth arrogant bore. Yet another posh boy doing well because of his family's money. BBC all over.
marmark1
27th Mar 2015
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I'm not his biggest fan,BUT,I do believe in free speech,some people are determined to be offended,The most racist people are the ones who shout about P Correctness.Telling us we have been insulted when no offence was meant.
Florence Scholar
25th Mar 2015
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I propose that all those "supporters" who started objecting about this creature's suspension before they were in even partial possession of the FACTS &, who now undoubtedly will be mourning his dismissal; might want to consider volunteering for a new TV reality experience hosted by JC himself: JC's Abuseathon Challenge - contestants will be judged on how long they are prepared to be exposed to and TOLERATE a torrent of verbal abuse from the specimen himself before climaxing in a punch in the face... The prize? What else? a sandwich & chips.
rudgy
24th Mar 2015
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Yes get rid of him he is a disgusting individual .He has his mate Cameron speaking up for him so the BBC will be afraid to sack him.Any other person would be sacked on the spot for his actions .
mayzday
22nd Mar 2015
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yes he should be sacked anybody in any other job would have been fired on the spot i'm surprised he wasn't prosecuted for hitting someone ,what sort message to does that give to are young people
Sunnylady19
22nd Mar 2015
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A playboy who needs to grow up and treat others with respect not arrogance. His days are numbered in the media and he will soon be forgotten. It's time for new programmes with new people to fire our imagination. Clarkson has had his day. Bye bye Jeremy.
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Jeremy in the words (paraphrased) of someone more famous than I, "For God's sake Go". Go now, whilst you still have the admiration of many and at least in their eyes still retain a modicum of dignity.
nagonthenet
20th Mar 2015
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Time he went. This is not the first incident, he thinks he's fireproof but many viewers have had enough of his arrogance.
gmac
20th Mar 2015
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Like all these 'celebs' he thinks he is untouchable. Hence the increasing outrageous behaviour. When the public tire of you, however, you're toast.
londoner
19th Mar 2015
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He gets on my nerves,he's an old man trying to be hip
tailpipe
5th Apr 2015
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Why do you watch it if you don't like him
janjcks
13th Jan 2016
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I watched because I like the other two but not JC
51Maggs
19th Mar 2015
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I think that he thinks he is beyond reproach and it is time he gave the respect he expects from others.
quilter
19th Mar 2015
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I think top gear has had its day !
esther2
19th Mar 2015
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There are more worthy topics for the TV and newspapers to focus on. Let's move on .....
robinp
18th Mar 2015
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Jeremy,both in his newspaper column and Top Gear ,has tapped in,very lucratively, to the "garryboy" culture of irresponsible young drivers.In my opinion he has to take some responsibility for encouraging these idiots to kill themselves(and their best mates,girlfriends,family members etc.)when they try to emulate his attitude and antics on public roads.Is it O.K. to speculate that the show would have been dropped years ago,in the same way as Noel Edmonds' ,if his co-presenter had died in that crash.
Timothy48
18th Mar 2015
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He is a stuck up bigot, another weirdo who has inveigled himself into the BBC.
[email protected]
17th Mar 2015
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I think Jeremy is like marmite, maybe a meeting should take place (not publicly) where they can apologise to each other and move on!!
Brian C
16th Mar 2015
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Used to watch but it's all about how fast a car can go and ridicules safe cars so stopped watching after 2nd series. Clarkson is just a 54 yr old child who needs to grow up. As for fans who have threatened to kill the guy he allegedly assaulted, that says it all, show should be cancelled.
jaxsand
15th Mar 2015
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I think that he has got away with it far too long and he did go well over the top this time. Thats just my opinion. x
jugsy
15th Mar 2015
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I have never watched it and the odd bits I have seen is so badly done I feel embarrassed.
It is so obviously scripted and they are trying to pretend it isn't.
latebird1952
15th Mar 2015
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Mid life crisis.I am bored by it.
Dave.T
15th Mar 2015
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As far as i am conerned i never watch it because the he is a right idiot!
celtwitch
13th Mar 2015
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I realise that millions love him, and he does know about cars, but that does not give the arrogant, spoilt boy in a man's body the right to bully or intimidate his colleagues.
On a night when many people around the world, and indeed in this country too, will have gone to bed with 'rumbling tums' this petulant egotist throws a tantrum because he couldn't have what he believed was his as some sort of divine right!
If Clarkson was not a 'star' of the small screen, he would probably be doing time for road rage offences.
Florence Scholar
25th Mar 2015
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Think this man needs Anger Management therapy after a complete psychiatric & physical assessment. Years ago I wondered if he might be brewing a frontal lobe tumour as his behaviour were not moderated by his inhibition centre at all - now I realise that he is out of control - either needs treatment/therapy or perhaps someone to give his bottom a good spanking because that's what Nannies used to do to naughty young little Masters years ago!
Archiebald
13th Mar 2015
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He is a classic but seems like he went crazy as they didn't have a steak for him to eat and instead offered cheese platter in a top class hotel.........sounds to me like a first world problem Jeremy!
Sandra and dogs
12th Mar 2015
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If he's re-instated it's sending a message that presenters can do whatever they like and get away with it. He's already received 'warnings.' In any other job he would be sacked.
geeljay
14th Mar 2015
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I guess you are right. In the commercial world, Top Gear, fronted by Mr Clarkson is a massive money generator for the BBC. If a few other presenters had his charisma, the income would wipe out the need to charge us for a TV licence, and would also be able to finance more sport and quality drama. Whether you like him or not.
geeljay
12th Mar 2015
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Amazing. A behind the scenes dust up, between crew working in confined spaces, getting up each others noses. Not even seen by the viewers. Happens in most work places at some time. Lets just move on.
marmark1
12th Mar 2015
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Not sure of the details of course.BUT! People are afraid to speak today,The real racist and bigots are the TV,the media .People who twist things around,interpret it the way THEY want to see it.When offence may not have been intended.
kurna
12th Mar 2015
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My parents bought me up to believe in politeness and good manners Not rudeness and arrogance. How can people think this man is entertainment.
Wendy V.
12th Mar 2015
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I've written a comment in favour of keeping him, but it's vanished....how very odd!!!!!!
celtwitch
13th Mar 2015
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Wendy...it's always a good idea to write your posts in 'word' and then copy/paste them into here, that way if they disappear you can re-enter them without having to rewrite.
little owl
11th Mar 2015
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I would like to know what really happened bit have to admit to not liking him as for me it was a great programme when it was for the general public ie testing new real cars all dream and nightmare cars which mean nothing to the ordinary person. If what is being said did happen then he cannot be above the law but if it is exaggerated the he is entitled to his say as is everyone. Many people love the show so it must be seen to be fair to all.
kate.withers
11th Mar 2015
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When I worked, anyone, for whatever reason, would have been instantly dismissed for hitting someone at work. What makes Jeremy Clarkson above this employment law?
JulieB
11th Mar 2015
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I don't know the details of the incident, but life experience tells me that adults don't tend to lash out for no reason unless they're drunk or severely hormonal. I'd like to know what started it all and how/why it ended up in fisticuffs.
Boop140
11th Mar 2015
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An arrogant and supercillious individual .. would like to see the back of him .. getting too bigheaded for his own good ... the programme could still carry on without him .. The Stig would be an ideal replacement !! I really wouldnt care if he never appeared on tv again ! In his defence though .. the bbc are not releasing details of the fracas but is it not as bad to be seriously, verbally abusive as it is physically ? So both parties are at fault perhaps the producer should be sacked !!
rudgy
11th Mar 2015
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Clarkson should be sacked ,he has been given to many chances.
Also one of his mates is Cameron and the BBC would not want to upset him ,so he will keep his job .
SovereignInventory
11th Mar 2015
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I quite like the Top Gear programme, however no-one should be allowed to strike another employee in the workplace. If Clarkson has used violence then I'm afraid he has to go. What signal would the BBC send if they allowed violence in the workplace? Look at the 'blind eye' the BBC turned to Jimmy Saville and his activities.
Had Enough
11th Mar 2015
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Jeremy has crossed the line like Jonathan Ross a few years back. I've never watched Jonathan Ross since and feel much better for it.
Aisha
11th Mar 2015
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I agree. Jonathan Ross was left out in the cold for quite along time and he is a changed man now. Still funny but a bit humbler
Dawn Egan
11th Mar 2015
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Top Gear used to be a programme about motoring, not any more. It's now about a group of men behaving badly and playing silly games in vehicles. Jeremy Clarkson should go.
ozzie
11th Mar 2015
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I would actually be quite glad to see the back of this egotistical rude overpaid arrogant overgrown schoolchild. He was expelled from school for bad behaviour and has not changed in all those years since. What profit the BBC make from the show is nothing compared to the wages and costs of the show.Top Gear used to be about the cars--showing ordinary cars to ordinary people now it is just about three overgrown lads messing about in cars. Are people so bored with their lives that they need this? It isn't the first time this horrid man has thought he was better than others, there is plenty of entetrtainment out there I hope we don't have to suffer his arrogance any longer. Before anyone says I could switch off don't forget I pay my TV licence!
MrFred
11th Mar 2015
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So because you pay your TV licence you expect the BBC to tailor everything they broadcast - radio and TV - to your particular taste? What about the other millions of people who pay their TV Licences - should they conform to your specific broadcasting tastes too? Calling Jeremy arrogant seems a little ironic, here.

It's massively popular, far more popular than the old format, and makes huge profits for the BBC - who sell across the world. How can the profit they make for the show be outweighed by the wages and production cost? That make's no sense.

Fair enough if you don't like the guy, or the way he and his cronies present themselves in a schoolboy manner (in the name of entertainment, the blighters) but most people I know enjoy sitting down on a Sunday night to watch top gear - and yes, they pay their TV Licences too. I think it would be a great shame if we lost it.
Gogglebox
12th Mar 2015
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Its an opinion which if you bothered to read, people were asked for and are perfectly entitled to give, especially as they pay towards Mr Clarkson's salary. If he has hit somebody he should be sacked, just as anyone else would. He is not above the law
MrFred
12th Mar 2015
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Well, yes, of course Ozzie is entitled to give their opinion, as I am entitled to counter with mine. Just as you are entitled to argue against other peoples opinions - as you have, further down this thread. You only get snappy about me doing it, because it opposes your view.

Ozzie argues that they should not have to simply turn off or watch something else, because they pay TV License. I'm sorry, but millions of other people also pay there TV License and enjoy watching Top Gear - it's one of the BBC's most popular show's - and this does not make their lives boring, as Ozzie insinuates. Lot's of people enjoy the buffoonery that the presenters get up to and feel it makes for good entertainment TV.

You say "he should be sacked, just as anyone else would"... we'll just like Ozzie's notion of the term profit, that's not entirely correct. Luis Suarez was not sacked when he went on his biting rampage. John Prescott was not sacked when he punched a protester. If an organisation greatly values the skills you provide to them, they are likely to turn a blind eye to infraction.

I don't agree with violence, and I do agree that Jeremy should be reprimanded; but I like Top Gear, I like how it's presented (the banter and dynamic of all three presenters), and hope this issue can be settled without pushing Jeremy Clarkson out of the BBC - where he drives a lot of revenue, and entertains millions of viewers.
Birdlady
11th Mar 2015
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I cannot understand why people hate him so much, he is a breath of fresh air in an otherwise gloomy politically correct world. If they don't like him just don't watch him! I hate Eastenders, Coronation street, Emmerdale and find them offensive with their sordid little stories and violent outbursts so I don't watch them. But I don't require them to be taken off tv. There is always someone to tell us, we cannot smoke, drink, eat sugary stuff, hunt, shoot, upset any ethnic minorities (even though they can say what they like about us). We need someone like Jeremy with his anarchistic humour and wit to say the things we all feel like saying from time to time! Also the whole program is funny and perhaps childish but so what it makes us laugh, why can't we have a laugh without everyone taking it so seriously. Long live Top Gear!
Erimus Exile
11th Mar 2015
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Without knowing all the facts pertaining to this particular case it is impossible to comment wholly objectively. No doubt the popularity of Mr Clarkson and 'Top Gear' will have a large bearing on the eventual outcome of this issue. Sadly, that leaves the 'other party' at a great disadvantage in the 'trial by media' currently underway.

The outcome of this indiscipline by an employee really depends upon how much credibility the BBC want to come out of it with. Is 'Aunty' willing to compromise her integrity and sacrifice her credibility on the alter of profit and populism or, will she have the courage to take the action that the vast majority of employers would take in a case like this and sack an employee for an act of violence?

I believe that regardless of the eventual outcomes the BBC will be the long-term loser; it is 'damned if it does, and damned if it doesn't. I also believe that if the BBC had 'squeezed the pimple' that is Mr Clarkson for his previous misdemeanours they would not now be faced with the pain of this problem of 'carbuncle' proportions. I await the the outcomes with baited breath.
LittleAnniePannie
11th Mar 2015
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This is not about political correctness it's about an assault, if he worked anywhere else and it was proven he would be sacked why should this man be allowed to get away with this what's so special about him
janet
11th Mar 2015
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He is a throw back and he thinks he is bigger than the show there are two other good presenters give them a chance, see how far he gets on his own. I really do have to smile though at the gender split for his reinstatement, men for, women against, obviously there are few that are out of sink but not many
Paul8
11th Mar 2015
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If he has attacked someone, then he should go, currently it is all speculation, let's wait and see what transpires. If the BBC sack him, then the flood gates will open and we will see Top Gear going to perhaps Sky, ITV, Channel 4 or 5, Amazon, Netflix who knows. But you can rest assured Jeremy will come out with his pockets fully lined!
Gillymegs
11th Mar 2015
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Sack the producer.
I have gone from being a devout only watch BBC follower to rarely watching any programmes. Top Gear is one of the few BBC programmes I watch which has not succumbed to the wish washy silly nonsense or repeats as most of the BBC viewing has become.
I am still charged annually for their rubbish programmes, advertising and political nonsense.
boatman
11th Mar 2015
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Great idea, sack the alleged victim. I really don't understand this logic at all.
bileanni
11th Mar 2015
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There are two other presenters, we do not need this rude and arrogant man, with a huge ego!
JinxB
11th Mar 2015
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Huge ego? yes most definitely,but without him the program will not survive, it will run for a season with dwindling figures and then be pulled, and don't forget we do not know the full story, we do know he was alleged to have swung a punch at a producer, although violence is no answer we do not know what led to the fracas, perhaps the producer was needling him to get a reaction, perhaps he even wanted a little fame for himself you never can tell what is really happening from headlines.
ozzie
11th Mar 2015
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So pull it the costs outweigh any entertainment value.
LennyMax
11th Mar 2015
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That is a matter of opinion and if that was the case the show would have been axed long ago.
Gogglebox
12th Mar 2015
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Even if he was 'needled' as you suggest, this is no excuse to hit somebody.
CKMCC
11th Mar 2015
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I am sick and tired of the 'politically correct' left wing bias shown by the BBC, yet they knew about and did nothing about Jimmy Saville, how does that stack up against anything Jeremy Clarkson has done.If people do not understand tongue in cheek humour then maybe they should slope of and watch something a bit more left wing.
terryc
14th Mar 2015
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Not very clever use of the racist term 'slope'
CKMCC
15th Mar 2015
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I to see you picked up on the word 'slope' which is supposed to be racist, but skipped over Jimmy Saville, I'm at a lose as to which would be deemed the most offensive.
terryc
19th Mar 2015
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There's no supposed about it, 'slope' is an extremely offensive word to some. Savile vs. Clarkson is a no contest, there is nothing to compare the two with. Savile was an evil paedophile and Clarkson isn't. Not acting at the time with Savile doesn't mean we should turn a blind eye to what Clarkson has done/said. On the other hand Clarkson is known for what most people would call racist behaviour and now, his alleged violence. If you can defend that, I would like to hear it.
1git
11th Mar 2015
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BBC stop messing about with this Clarkson nonsense & reinstate him immediately, Top Gear is some of the best television viewing around.
Gogglebox
12th Mar 2015
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This only proves that the quality of television programmes on the BBC are very poor or your idea of a good programme involves boorish middle aged men behaving like 12 yr old schoolboys. Either way, it shows how poorly the quality of tv programmes have deteriorated and how desperate the BBC is - not to mention the low standards of Top Gear viewers.
CKMCC
11th Mar 2015
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oldandgrumpy
11th Mar 2015
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It seems to me this is all very convenient when the spotlight has been on the incompetent head of the BBC trust, calling for her resignation which is totally justified for Clarkson to hand it to the BBC on a plate to take the spotlight of her. Whilst I do not justify what he did and apparently he's known this guy for years. Mountains are being deliberately woven out of molehills out of political expediency. Sack the right person and thats not Clarkson.
Baxi
12th Mar 2015
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Interesting take on the situation ... cynical, but I like your thinking!
boatman
11th Mar 2015
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I quite like Top Gear but if the allegations of assault are true then he should be disciplined in exactly the same way as anyone else. I actually find him boorish and self opinionated. Also I think we are in danger of doing a huge disservice to Richard Hammond and James May who, in my opinion, are equally capable. To suggest that the show cannot go on without Mr. Clarkson is ridiculous. Has anyone given a thought to his alleged victim? How would you feel if this happened to you? I do not think that we should pre judge but if the allegations are substantiated then he should be dealt with accordingly. After all he has, I understand, received a final warning for previous behaviour. His fame should have no part to play in the matter. I would ask one final question. If you or I were to do what he is alleged to have done at work how would we expect to be treated?
cozyrose3
11th Mar 2015
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I agree entirely.
If this assault had happened to others other than in the public limelight , the overly arrogant J C would've been charged with assault . Let's have a few thoughts & comments for the victim here.
caz970
11th Mar 2015
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I think that he is rude, he pushes things to the edge and have got away with it in the past, but he needs to be stopped and sacked.
LennyMax
11th Mar 2015
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I think a suspension is the right course of action, as being a role model he needs to set a good example.

The media will obviously jump all over him and the truth as to exactly what the cause of the flashpoint was may never actually come to light.

The UK is full of people like Clarkson who don't mind their Ps and Qs, are loud and often obnoxious, he just happens to be one that has made it on to our televisions and in a world where we sometimes have to watch everything we do and say in case we accidentally offend it's quite refreshing to know that there are some less restrained.

Unfortunately Top Gear would not be Top Gear without him, so like him or loathe him, he's not going anywhere.
disabledfunAndy
11th Mar 2015
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Jeremy Clarkson is the a TV god. He is one of the reasons that Topgear is not only one of the Best shows Ever made and has multiple millions of licence paying fans.
Rob60
11th Mar 2015
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Tough one. The man is clearly a diva - he believes himself untouchable. I disagree with others that this is a question of pushing political correctness, though. He's dodged all of those bullets, but now he has physically assaulted someone over not getting his dinner, which is pretty unacceptable, in my opinion.

However, he's got this god complex because he is massively successful at what he does - and I think the show would greatly suffer without the dynamic of all three presenters. I'd certainly be sad to see Top Gear go down the pan.
mick2e1hzm
11th Mar 2015
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If you struck some one in the work place it would be instant dismissal but the berk with the merc will try and wriggle out of it, he is one of those who get paid big money from our licence fee's one more reason to stop paying for the licence
GaryM
11th Mar 2015
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So WHY did Jeremy Clarkson hit the BBC Producer?
Did he deserve it?
What did he say/do/not do?
Was Jeremy out of control?
is it a "put up job", so JC can move to ITV without breaking his BBC contract?
I certainly like to know before I pass judgement - Either way !!
Whatever the outcome, I look forward to being entertained in the future!!
boatman
11th Mar 2015
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Whilst I do not wish to pre judge I would say in answer to the question of what the producer did or did not do, unless Mr. Clarkson was using reasonable and appropriate force to defend himself against a physical attack then he is guilty of assault. There is no excess for physical violence in any other circumstances, no matter who you are.
GaryM
11th Mar 2015
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Some people sometimes just deserve a thump! This may be offensive to some, but basic social interaction for others. This may well be politically incorrect , which brings us back to Mr Clarkson.............
boatman
11th Mar 2015
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Why do some people deserve a thump? You are quite correct this type of attitude is very offensive to me. It is certainly not basic interaction it is an illegal act.
Marianne8
11th Mar 2015
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He should be treated the same as Russell Brand and Jonathan Ross and given the sack! He is not irreplaceable the show will stand on its own merit not because this obnoxious thug who resorts to Violence is a presenter of!
CKMCC
11th Mar 2015
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Marianne8, they were not sacked and are both still on TV.
Toby
11th Mar 2015
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I like his total disregard for PC, His Yorkshire humour and his irreverence for the establishment
Wilf
11th Mar 2015
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I think he should be reinstated! I really like him and in a world of correctness he stands out. I love his articles in the weekend newspapers like the Times he has me in stitches. A very clever man and so what if he makes the odd gaffe we all do...Come on Beeb sort it out and lets get the show back on the road!!!
Trudygail
11th Mar 2015
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If someone was punched, in any other workplace and involving any other person, there would be a suspension at least. If he is now reinstated, will he regard it as carte blanche to make further mistakes?
big mamma daisy
11th Mar 2015
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I personally don't like him or his programme but the rest of my family love him. I don't mind his outrageous behaviour but I am not that interested in cars.
MR DB
11th Mar 2015
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As others have commented, he is not politically correct and does indeed "tell it how it is". He should be told off in some way for this issue I agree but, the show is one of the BBC's biggest money makers which I am sure will be taken into account. If he no longer is part of TG then I am sure it will not be long before ITV are waiting in the wings to snap him up. JC IS TG
Peter
11th Mar 2015
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I watch Top Gear but increasingly find Clarkson boorish and out of touch. I suppose it depends what happened in the so called fracas but I think that Top Gear needs an injection of new blood to bring it up to date and this could be a good opportunity for the BBC to make the change as he's on a final warning! Not sure how that will work as Clarkson reputedly owns the rights to 30% of the show through his own production company.
marion.23
11th Mar 2015
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He is arrogant and boorish and BBC should buy him out of his share in the programme. It's time there was a great woman presenter!
Baxi
11th Mar 2015
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It's very difficult to judge without having all the facts. I still believe that someone is innocent until proven guilty.

To be honest, it's also a relief when you hear someone expressing his views without thinking three times before he opens his mouth. He may not be PC but I think PC has gone too far anyway. It's like living with big brother now - I don't even know if I can say I'd like a black or white coffee anymore! Any advice people?
KiwiGran
11th Mar 2015
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He wasn't expressing his views on this occasion - he is alleged to have assaulted someone.
Baxi
12th Mar 2015
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You said it "alleged" - no one actually knows what happened. The rumour mill is out of control.
Archiebald
13th Mar 2015
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He was asking for steak at 10 pm at night and rejected the cheeseboard!
Westminster
11th Mar 2015
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I have never understood the point of this program, and it will not be missed by me.
Cars are boring, all they do is get you from one traffic queue to the next, give me the train any day.
Clarkson is lucky to have survived last year's gaffe with the 'n' word.
Kilroy-Silk was gone in a flash for making comments about arabs.
Litcho1
11th Mar 2015
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He should be reinstated, Not PC but tells it like it is. more people should say what they think, as long as it's not hurtful to anyone, and not bow down to the namby pamby PC brigade.
KiwiGran
11th Mar 2015
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He's from another era. We need to end this crass, boys' club mentality that Top Gear has become.
Bazeley
11th Mar 2015
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Whilst I was not bothered either way with the things he has said in the past I do think that if he has hit someone it does need to be dealt with as it would in any other workplace. I am surprised at the relaxed attitude he and his fellow co-stars are exhibiting though - either they all think they are above reproach or all is not quite what it seems.
blueeyes
11th Mar 2015
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He is a law unto himself but let's be honest he does make the program he has an extensive knowledge of cars and funny as well
sue39
11th Mar 2015
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If Jeremy hit someone he should have the decency to resign . If that person retaliated and hit back they should both go.
Jo Kingham
11th Mar 2015
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Unfortunately he may have gone too far this time - he is a bit of a law unto himself. I love Top Gear, but couldn't care less if he was in it or not. I think the programme would fair perfectly well without him. The BBC will be worried about getting rid of him in case it impacts on the export value of their most profitable programme. For me his just like Russell Brand and Jonathon Ross - an egotistical idiot!
samhall
11th Mar 2015
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Its time he was sacked. He has been lucky to stay so long. I'm afraid no one person makes a programme. He can be replaced with someone much easier on the eye and ears. He as lied about what he's said before. Not a very nice person from that i can see.
KiwiGran
11th Mar 2015
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They sacked Jonathan Ross and Russell Brand for bad behaviour and bringing the BBC into disrepute. So a precedent has been set.
kelliejean
11th Mar 2015
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i think the bbc are acting like a dictatorship. telling us the fee payers what we can and cant watch.. bring him back.. i would be as mad as hell if at the end of the day.. i would want feeding to xx
jrs
11th Mar 2015
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Right so Jeremy has been suspended for an argument that's wrong we have to watch dribble spewed out of Russell brand on programs that he shouldn't be on but hey that's okay so why pick on Jeremy Jeremy says things that a lot of people think and he must be good cause TOP GEAR is well watched all over sack Jeremy bye bye top gear one without the other Dont Think So
Elba
11th Mar 2015
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Jeremy Clarkson has had enough warning and the weakness of the BBC will show if they reinstate him. Their lack of integrity will show up and he will know that in future he can do as he pleases. In other jobs and professions it is an automatic dismissal if someone hits someone else. There is no excuse, for his behaviour, he acts like a spoilt child.
thetrainer858
11th Mar 2015
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Jeremy Clarkson:
Punching a co-worker is a violent crime!!!!! If this is true and if someone did this to you in the workplace you would want them sacked and would bring a law suit against them. Sack him and jail him. Anything less sends out a message to all the top gear audience that violence is acceptable. Violence is NOT ACCEPTABLE. A thug is still a thug. The show can go on without him. Other shows have survived the so called irreplaceable host.
fijay
11th Mar 2015
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terryc
11th Mar 2015
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I've always looked at Top Gear as Last Of The Summer Wine for petrolheads. The only difference is the latter is funny. If Jeremy Clarkson assaulted somebody, then he should go, quite rightly, it's standard procedure anywhere. Whilst the facts are not known, it's widely reported by all newspapers that he allegedly hit another person, given that, are the people in favour of reinstating him seriously supporting violence. i feel that Clarkson comes across as a nasty bully and ultimately the BBC have to stand up to him if he's guilty. They've had a good run financially with this programme, time to let him go and show him that all actions have consequences.

p.s. somebody posted earlier that Clarkson is a typical bloke, if that's true then god help us all.
HJR58
11th Mar 2015
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Can't believe people are supporting this man and his alleged appalling behaviour! If you or a friend or family member were punched at work by someone would you still think it was ok? Get real people. No excuse at all!
KaiserBill
11th Mar 2015
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This man is NOT a well meaning idiot He is a stupid bigoted loud-mouth who has caused controversy once too often He may be funny at times but they should kick his platform from under him
JaneyW
11th Mar 2015
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I haven't voted because the full details of what actually happened have not been published. If the BBC sack JC then that will be the end of Top Gear - the three very different characters of May, Hammond and Clarkson are an integral part of the show's successful format and I don't think that a replacement for one of them would work at all.
LizM
11th Mar 2015
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JC can't be sacked at the moment until the result of the investigation so the question is pre-emptive. He knew he was on a final warning and should have tempered his behaviour as such. He should definitely go if he has hit someone. Loads more budding JCs out there!
EddGall
11th Mar 2015
4
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Let's hear both sides of the story before we say yes or no
Nellieduncan
11th Mar 2015
6
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I don't think anyone regardless of who they are should keep their job whdn they have assaulted a colleague its gross misconduct........
tessadenise65
11th Mar 2015
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For Goodness sake just heard it's not even been proved yet.
The BBC are a lot of stupid people that let sex offenders work but not someone that has not even been proved.
Plus the point the other two presenters are being pulled into it.
BBC bring back TOP GEAR with all presenters. One of the best programmes on the whole BBC
houn66
11th Mar 2015
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If as alleged he punched somebody he should be sacked. If this happened in the workplace it would beinstant dismissal. The man is boorish and should have gone long ago. BBC make money from him and are toothless anyway. It has happened with others (Ross) and will doubtless happen again as the BBC is spineless. Transfer the programme to CBBC where it belongs.
poshbirdy
11th Mar 2015
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Top Gear is one of the BBC's bigger money earner broadcasting to many countries around the world and their revenue from sales of DVD's Stig merchandise etc is huge. Clarkson used to own the company that produced Top Gear but sold that to the BBC a couple of years ago from what I recall but still has shares in it and earns a nice £1.5M annually from it as a wage. He has always been controversial and non PC and the team of Jezza, Hammy and captain slow all behave like boys on a jolly up on their road trips which are one of the best bits IMO. The interaction between them makes it. To replace one, especially the lead presenter would seem unthinkable. I am sure that if the BBC do not want to pursue this with Jeremy then plenty of other channels would gladly take over with the format as it is at present and if it goes to SKY for example they throw loads of money at it.
However, Jeremy pushes the boundaries and thinks he will just get a rap over the knuckles lie low for a while and it will all blow over. He was on his final warning last year so with the events yesterday, if they are to be believed, which involved a physical assault on a colleague cannot go unchecked. Its assault firstly and secondly having given him a final warning if they then do not follow that up it gives him carte blanche to do it time and time again.
It will be interesting to see what their decision is, but remember Jonathan Ross was one of their big stars and left and then surfaced doing the same thing on ITV.
What is very disappointing is the reports of what the three presenters where saying on Twitter last night, making stupid comments, making light of the situation etc. That does not do any of them any favours and shows that they do not take any of this seriously.
equ1ne
11th Mar 2015
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My thoughts maybe action needs to be taken and JC made to realise that there is only so much rope available to him.At 54 he is not a child and must surely realise that his outbursts carry with them consequences
fandebbydozy
11th Mar 2015
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I don't care how popular he is or how much he earns the BBC, violence should not be tolerated. There should be consequences for his bad behaviour. He's a grown man in the public eye, and should show respect and restraint. I don't like the modern tendency to overlook bad behaviour, it leads ultimately to chaos.
moominmomma
11th Mar 2015
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Boys with too many toys are often naughty, but if they go around slugging folk then their toys must be confiscated & they must be disciplined appropriately..
ronnieboy
11th Mar 2015
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clarkson is, and always has been, a loudmouth bully,and the other two with him are just yes men !!! they know, that without him, they are nothing,however, the b.b.c. will just slap his wrist, because T.G. earns them multi-millions, AND JEREMY KNOWS THIS. !!!
Archiebald
11th Mar 2015
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I think the BBC have gone mad! Jeremy is their biggest star and they treat him like a little boy. He is 54 for goodness sake and a typical bloke which is why the Top Gear programme appeals so much! Give him a quiet telling off and get on with the programme. Its probably all a big PR set up anyway!!!

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