Jeremy Clarkson Apologizes To ‘Top Gear’ Producer Oisin Tymon, Reaches Settlement For $140,000
The BBC show Top Gear and its host Jeremy Clarkson have reached a settlement of $140,000 for racial discrimination and injury with producer Oisin Tymon.
The incident was dubbed a “fracas” after Clarkson was irate over not having enough hot food at the catering table and allegedly punched Tymon,
“I would like to say sorry, once again, to Oisin Tymon for the incident and its regrettable aftermath,” Clarkson said Wednesday. “I want to reiterate that none of this was, in any way, his fault.”
He added: “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. I am pleased that this matter is now resolved. Oisin was always a creatively exciting part of Top Gear, and I wish him every success with his future projects.”
Clarkson called the producer “lazy” and “Irish” according to BBC. The producer did not to wish to press charges at the time of the incident but decided to after becoming the subject of social media bullying.
Clarkson was dismissed from BBC after the incident which caused his Top Gear co-presenters James May and Richard Hammond to also leave.
“We are pleased that matters have now been resolved,” said the BBC in a statement, “Oisin is a valued member of the BBC who behaved with huge integrity in dealing with the very difficult circumstances last year — a situation in which, as Tony Hall has stated, he was completely blameless. Oisin has made an important contribution to the BBC in his 12 years with us, and we hope to see him continue to realise his potential in his role as a development executive. We believe Oisin has a very exciting future at the BBC.”
The network has announced a new version of Top Gear with hosts Chris Evans and Matt LeBlanc.
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