Clarkson's beef with BBC

13 Mar, 2015 06:55 AM
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Jeremy Clarkson.
Clarkson told producer Oisin Tymon he fancied an 8oz sirloin with fondant potatoes
Jeremy Clarkson.

JEREMY Clarkson is alleged to have lashed out at a Top Gear producer because he was told he could not order a sirloin steak after a day of filming.

The 54-year-old was ravenous after arriving at his hotel at around 10pm last Wednesday night but lost his temper out after being told there was no hot food.

Clarkson told producer Oisin Tymon he fancied an 8oz sirloin with fondant potatoes, pan-fried wild mushrooms, grilled cherry tomatoes and peppercorn sauce.

But a "fracas" erupted when Tymon, 36, told him the kitchen was closed and suggested a platter of cold meats and cheeses instead.

Witnesses at Simonstone Hall Hotel in Hawes, North Yorkshire, near where the show was filming on location, told The Sun: "The staff knew the BBC crew were arriving late so they organised meat and cheese platters. The chef had already gone home.

"Clarkson didn't like the idea. He wanted his own way.

"The producer was being blamed. Clarkson didn't hit him - but he did use every possible swear word you can imagine. He had to be held back."

Another source, who said Clarkson had been drinking rosé wine, added: "It was more like a scuffle. The producer stood looking quiet and embarrassed.

"He was being blamed for not arranging hot food. The general manager ended up cooking for the presenters."

'Handbags and pushing'

Clarkson's co-stars were said to have looked on in shock as someone tried to calm the star, who eventually got his own way and tucked into a £21.95 ($42) 8oz cut in a private room.

The host has admitted there was "handbags and pushing" over the incident but denies claims that he punched Mr Tymon.

According to Channel 4, the production team had been scheduled to take a helicopter to the hotel at 8pm but Clarkson kept it waiting for hours while he sat in a pub.

The dinner service was cancelled by kitchen staff because the crew were two hours late.

The subsequent 'dust up' was not reported at first and the 15 crew members, Clarkson and co-hosts James May and Richard Hammond continued filming the following day.

On Wednesday, it emerged that Clarkson could quit the BBC even if he is cleared of wrongdoing.

His relationship with key BBC executives, including head of television Danny Cohen, was already at breaking point before he was suspended over the latest controversy, and Clarkson may simply decide to walk away rather than try to patch things up yet again.

One senior executive reportedly said: "Everyone is convinced he will now go. Clarkson is widely despised and there are a lot of people who would be thrilled."

The presenter has been courted for years by Sky, which has the budget to launch a rival to Top Gear, and friends suggested he might decide it is time to move on.

The last three episodes of the current series of Top Gear have been pulled. And as the fallout from the fracas gathered pace, Lord Hall, director general of the BBC, disclosed that he would personally oversee the investigation and will decide what to do with Clarkson "based on the facts".

He said: "I am a fan of Jeremy Clarkson but this is a serious thing that is alleged to have taken place."

Even the UK prime minister, a friend of Clarkson, waded into the row, saying: "Because he is such a huge talent and he amuses and entertains so many people, including my children, who'd be heartbroken if Top Gear was taken off air, I hope this can be sorted out."

- with The Telegraph, London

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READER COMMENTS

hayseed
13/03/2015 10:02:46 AM

What an idiot, he holds a helicopter up for 2 hours while he's at the pub drinking red wine, then when he gets back to his Hotel at 10pm, & finds the kitchen staff have (deservedly) gone home after waiting for him. I would of let him go hungry..
mm
13/03/2015 11:34:09 AM

He's just such a jerk. Feel sorry for anyone who has to be around him.
nswnotill
16/03/2015 5:39:10 AM

I am fascinated by media stars (and some politicians) who are full of their own importance, and hold forth with a verbal tirade to all and sundry when things do not go exactly as they perceive they should. Get rid of them I say, and use a person who in in touch with the real world.
MEGATRON
16/03/2015 6:13:50 AM

Just cook the man a steak!!!
Cronus
16/03/2015 6:16:51 AM

This ill-tempered, egotistical prat needs consignment to the rubbish bin of history - my simple solution has been to stop watching Top Gear - if this is the show's values on display, it is sadly lacking.
Peter Williams
16/03/2015 10:28:16 AM

It would be sad indeed to see the series end because it would be like Two and a half Men without it's ex lead Charlie Sheen. Some people are irreplaceable.
Peter Williams
16/03/2015 10:29:34 AM

MLA should hire this man!
John NIven
16/03/2015 6:20:09 PM

Yes Peter, team him up with MLA and they can both ride into the sunset.
seriously
17/03/2015 8:01:41 AM

Workplace bullying at its worst, should have been a criminal offence. Top Gear should be called Top Bully.

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