In case you missed it: Jeremy Clarkson has been FIRED from Top Gear!
British TV host Jeremy Clarkson has been sacked from Top Gear despite receiving a swell of support from stars including actor Russell Crowe and Snoop Dogg since his suspension from the U.K. motoring show.
Jeremy, who took the reins of the BBC series in 1988, was taken off air earlier this month after he was embroiled in a bust-up with producer Oisin Tymon over catering arrangements. The final three episodes of the current series of Top Gear were axed, and following an investigation, BBC Director-General Tony Hall announced on last night that Jeremy's contract with the corporation will not be renewed. He said: "It is with great regret that I have told Jeremy Clarkson today that the BBC will not be renewing his contract... I cannot condone what has happened on this occasion. A member of staff - who is a completely innocent party - took himself to (hospital) after a physical altercation accompanied by sustained and prolonged verbal abuse of an extreme nature. For me a line has been crossed... This decision should in no way detract from the extraordinary contribution that Jeremy Clarkson has made to the BBC. I have always personally been a great fan of his work and Top Gear. Jeremy is a huge talent. He may be leaving the BBC but I am sure he will continue to entertain, challenge and amuse audiences for many years to come."
After Jeremy was suspended, an online petition calling for his reinstatement garnered more than a million signatures and Russell Crowe was among the stars who threw their support behind the beleaguered presenter, telling BBC Breakfast on Wednesday: "That show is about Jeremy Clarkson. It's about his sensibility... I'm in many countries around the world where all I can see in English is Top Gear... Jeremy does have a bit of a reputation but that's part of his charm and his beauty." Even Snoop Dogg urged fans around the world to boycott the show, insisting, "(Clarkson) isn't part of Top Gear - he is Top Gear... (Everyone) needs to boycott the BBC until he is reinstated."
Hall announced BBC bosses would be considering renewing Top Gear for next year, but Jeremy's co-star James May has told Sky News he and Richard Hammond may not return without their pal. He says: "I'm sure Top Gear will continue in some way... I think we're very much the three of us as a package, it works for very complicated reasons that a lot of people don't fully understand... As much as I think he's k**b, I quite like working with Jeremy."
Perhaps Jeremy can join One Direction now that there’s a vacancy?