Ex-Top Gear Producer Jeremy Clarkson publicly apologizes and pays restitution to producer he punched.
It’s been close to a year since the infamous Top Gear fracas of Jeremy Clarkson punching a producer which has been called “the punch heard ’round the world.” Now it looks like it’s all water under the bridge, at least legally speaking. According to the BBC on their news piece on the matter earlier Wednesday morning, Jeremy Clarkson has issued a statement of apology to producer Oisin Tymon. In addition to this apology, Clarkson and the BBC’s legal team have come to a settlement with Oisin Tymon.
According to Clarkson,
"“I would like to say sorry, once again, to Oisin Tymon for the incident and its regrettable aftermath.“I want to reiterate that none of this was in any way his fault.“I would also like to make it clear that the abuse he has suffered since the incident is unwarranted and I am sorry too that he has had to go through that."
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In regards to the settlement itself, mums the word on just how much Clarkson and the BBC had to cough up, but rumor has it that it’s in excess of £100,000 or around $140,000.
Although money and words are the only things Clarkson is obligated to give to Oisin in restitution, the real travesty is the ending and rebirth of a show built upon the triumvirate that that was Clarkson, Hammond, and May.
Since this fracas, all three former Top Gear hosts have started their own show under Amazon.com’s leadership and dime. Across the pond, Top Gear has been reborn with Chris Evans as lead man including such great co-hosts like Matt LeBlanc and Chris Hayes.
BBC’s Top Gear is set to launch season 23 in the first week of May with Clarkson, Hammond, and May’s show launching sometime shortly after.