Jeremy Clarkson says Top Gear exit ‘left a huge hole’
21 May 2015
From the section Entertainment & Arts
Jeremy Clarkson was dropped by the BBC after a ‘fracas’ with a Top Gear producer
Jeremy Clarkson says that being dropped from Top Gear has “left a huge hole” in his life “that needs to be filled”.
The broadcaster was speaking to BBC Radio 2’s Chris Evans in his first interview since losing his job over a “fracas” with a producer.
“It was my own silly fault, so I can hardly complain,” he said.
Clarkson admitted he had taken phone calls from broadcasters who wanted to poach the Top Gear team but “I’d be a fool jump into something”.
“I have been at the BBC for 27 years. When you emerge after 27 years, you find the world is changed.
“When you learn how the world works, you can start to work out what to do,” he continued. “In the meantime I’m getting really good at tennis. My forehand has improved immeasurably.”
Later on Thursday, Clarkson will launch a “badly organised world tour” with his former co-hosts Richard Hammond and James May in Belfast.
He said the production was Top Gear in all but name – but the team were now “able to make their own films” for the big screens “without any meddling” from the BBC.
“It’s broadly the same thing it’s been for the last 10 years,” he added.
Clarkson was suspended, then dropped, by the BBC in March following a “fracas” with a producer at a hotel.
Producer Oisin Tymon suffered swelling and a split lip in the assault by Clarkson on 4 March and visited a hospital A&E department for his injuries.
Following an internal investigation, the BBC announced on 25 March Clarkson’s contract on Top Gear …read more
Source:: BBC Entertainment