Bring Back Clarkson!
|I'd watch it. Over, and over, and over again. Just like I already do.|
Jeremy Clarkson said today he was 'off to the Job Centre' after the BBC suspended him for allegedly punching a producer in a fight over food.
The 54-year-old millionaire is being investigated for allegedly 'smacking' Oisin Tymon, 36, in the face after being told there was no hot food after a day's filming in Newcastle. [Didact: Given what I know of the city of Newcastle and its culinary, uh, "delights", the punishment does seem to fit the crime.]
More than 440,000 [Didact: 500,000 and counting] supporters have signed a petition demanding he is reinstated by the BBC while many more used the #BringBackClarkson and #jesuisClarkson hashtags to show support.
Co-presenter James May admitted today his friend was involved in a 'bit of a dust up' over dinner where a punch may have been thrown, but said the row was not 'serious'.
The BBC has decided Top Gear will not be aired on Sunday and the further two remaining episodes of this year's series may also be axed while he is investigated.
But Mr Clarkson, whose BBC contract expires this month, is considering quitting Top Gear even if he is cleared of punching Mr Tymon and moving to a rival TV network, a friend said.
'The last three episodes of this series have been pulled,' a source told the Radio Times, adding: 'Can I see him going back to film another BBC series? I don't think so. But he'll be fine. The other broadcasters will bite his arm off.'
With his Top Gear career in the balance after the 'fracas', sources have told MailOnline that ITV may be preparing a £10million bid to lure him away, sparking a bidding war with Sky.
Clarkson could walk out on Top Gear within days because his multi-million pound BBC contract runs out at the end of the month.
He and co-stars James May and Richard Hammond were understood to be days away from signing new three-year deals before he was suspended.
If Clarkson is sacked by the BBC or leaves, Chris Evans is the early favourite to replace him. [Didact: Dude. Come on. Chris Evans??? I mean, he's a proper petrolhead and all, but he's nowhere near as funny.]
The corporation owns the rights to the Top Gear brand, which is valued at £50 million, and includes the show, DVD rights and live shows.
After it cancelled the final three shows the BBC could face financial penalties from other broadcasters they have sold the show to for failing to deliver a full series.
|Actual results of a brain scan done on a BBC presenter|
|Some say that the Stig can't ever hear you over the sound of his own awesomeness|
But if the BBC can produce high-quality material as it is right now, supported by public money, what exactly is to stop it from doing so as a completely private corporation?
|Pretty lame, and yet really funny at the same time|