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RIP Top Gear Jeremy Clarkson sacked

Jeremy Clarkson faces arrest today after the BBC sacked him for punching a Top Gear producer in the face with such force he had to go to A&E. 
The corporation's internal investigation concluded the star, 54, launched an 'unprovoked' 30-second physical attack on Oisin Tymon because he was offered a plate of cold cuts instead of steak and chips.  
North Yorkshire Police today said it had asked the BBC for its report into the 'fracas' in a luxury hotel in the county and said action will be taken against Clarkson 'where necessary'. 
Revealing the sacking, Lord Hall, the Director General of the BBC, said: 'It is with great regret that I have told Jeremy Clarkson today that the BBC will not be renewing his contract. It is not a decision I have taken lightly. For me a line has been crossed'. 
It emerged tonight that Clarkson will still be paid and employed by the BBC until his contract expires at the end of the month.
Based on reports of his estimated £1million annual salary, it means the BBC will have paid him nearly £74,000 from the point he was suspended until the end of March. 
The star this afternoon changed his Twitter biography to say he 'used to be a presenter on Top Gear'. 
Co-star James May called the decision a 'tragedy' and said he, Clarkson and Richard Hammond 'come as a package', suggesting that all three are now likely to leave the BBC. 
May, who was spotted outside his London home in a variety of outfits today, also hinted that his future with Top Gear may be over, after changing his Twitter biography to describe himself as a 'former TV presenter.' 
Hammond tweeted shortly afterwards: 'Gutted at such a sad end to an era. We're all three of us idiots in our different ways but it's been an incredible ride together'. 
The Director General, who has spoken to both Clarkson and Mr Tymon since the fracas and is said to have met with the Top Gear host face-to-face last night, said the producer was subjected to 'sustained verbal abuse that no-one should have to endure'. 
The sacking is likely to spark a bidding war for Clarkson's services, with ITV, Sky and Netflix all said to be willing to pay Clarkson millions to present a motoring show for them.
As I pointed out in my earlier comments on this whole situation back when it first broke, the BBC's management is composed of a bunch of complete tofu-eating deep-leftist hardcore ideologues, who have always hated the utter disdain with which Messrs. Clarkson, May, and Hammond have treated their politically correct agenda. They have been itching to get rid of Jeremy Clarkson for literally years. They have always envied his incredible success- due in no small part to his willingness to say exactly what is on his mind, with virtually zero filter between his brain and his mouth.

Jeremy Clarkson is a massive idiot, as anyone who has ever watched the show can readily attest. Yet he is also one of the only people on this Earth willing to say what needs to be said, consequences be damned. By sacking him, the BBC has simply hastened its already rapid slide into irrelevance and obsolescence. Its hard-left journalism and editorial stance has just lost one of the very few balances that the corporation had.

On top of which, by sacking Clarkson, the Beeb basically also ensured that the madcap creative geniuses behind the show- producer Andy Wilman, Clarkson's friend since their school days, and co-presenters James May and Richard Hammond, both formidably talented in their own right- will leave as well.

It doesn't matter whether the BBC tries to resurrect Top Gear now. The show has always revolved around the larger-than-life personalities of these three middle-aged pillocks who all drive supercars at ridiculous speeds while pulling absurdly blokey pranks on each other, all with giant explosions going off in the background. Without them, the show is basically... well, Fifth Gear, which no one outside of England has ever heard of.

Now, something does need to be said about how Clarkson got sacked.  

In my earlier post, I did not go into details about what Jeremy Clarkson did to the producer that he got into an altercation with, mostly because details at that time were not fully known and I wasn't terribly interested in speculating. I did think that the whole row was probably being blown out of all proportion by the BBC's senior management, who- as I've said- hate Clarkson with a passion that is next to impossible for anyone who isn't an idiot-liberal to understand.

I was wrong about this. It would appear that Clarkson did, in fact, punch one of the show's staff in the face and verbally abused him.

That sort of behaviour is well beyond the pale of what is acceptable in civilised society. If that is what Clarkson did, then he deserves to pay for it. He should have publicly apologised for his behaviour, been harshly penalised financially, and in all probability would not have escaped losing his job even then. Clarkson knows at some level that he is a celebrity and that hundreds of millions of fans around the world- including yours truly- idolise him as the irreverent voice of sanity in a world gone mad with political correctness; it is on him to provide some sort of example to us without crossing the line into violence and physical abuse of those who help him be what he is.

And if that were how the BBC had handled this situation, there would have been no problem. A man who had publicly lost control of his temper would have been shamed into recanting and paying for his sins, the rest of the world would have forgiven him if he were treated harshly but fairly, and we could all have moved on.

Instead, the Beeb chose to do the stupidest thing possible, and made this all about demonising a man who has, on balance, done great good for the world of broadcasting, and who has brought in uncounted millions for the coffers of his employers. As a result, much of the goodwill that the BBC's viewers hold toward the network has been severely damaged, perhaps irreparably. I know I will likely never go anywhere near the BBC's other offerings now that I've seen how utterly inept, vindictive, and small-minded it is toward its greatest living talents.

Angry as I am with Clarkson's firing and the sudden destruction of the show that I have loved since I was a boy, I find some comfort in the thought that this probably won't be the last we'll see of these crazy geniuses. Other networks all over the world will undoubtedly pay very good money to have Clarkson, May, Hammond, and the Stig helming a true-blue car show full of manly things like tire-squealing drag races, loud explosions, utterly barmy stunts involving crazy trips to the back-end of beyond, and epic stunts like crashing a Volvo into a convoy of caravans. (Yes, they actually did this.)

With that in mind, pray silence for a moment, my friends, as we remember the greatest show ever aired on TV:





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  1. Geez. Lots of people seem to be in sheer terror of the plain-speaking white male, eh? To them I say, "Fare thee well," for we ain't going anywhere.

    In the old days, perhaps Clarkson would have gotten his ass whooped (or not!) as the two men settled it on their own. But no, not any longer. Too many busybodies utterly frozen in terror by the chutzpah of such white males who speak their mind and dare----DARE!---to have fun doing it.

    My definition of 'play' is inclusive of how important play is to us. Again, however, this seems to flat terrify the Powers that Be (Overly-Thenthitive). Unless, of course, the Powers that Be see you're staring at a screen having what they call 'fun'. God help their nerves, however, if they see people out there LIVING.

    Must be a shitty place to live, in such a Victorian Hell.

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