An emotional Jeremy Clarkson has been filmed at a charity event launching a tirade against BBC bosses, labelling them “fucking bastards” for suspending him from Top Gear.
Clarkson hinted that he expected to be sacked as a result of the internal investigation into an alleged fracas with one of Top Gear’s producers, Oisin Tymon. The report from the investigation will be made public next week.
“The BBC have fucked themselves,” Clarkson told a charity auction in north London on Thursday.
“It was a great show and they fucked it up.”
Clarkson auctioned a lap around the Top Gear track for £100,000 at the charity event at the Roundhouse in Camden.
“I didn’t foresee my sacking but I would like to do one last lap. So I’ll go down to Surrey and I’ll do one last lap of that track before the fucking bastards sack me.”
He added: “I’ll be a bit tearful when I do it, but fuck it, let’s do it.”
At the event to raise money for young people to take part in the arts, Clarkson was persuaded to offer up a lap around the Top Gear track by the charity auction organiser Christopher Biggins.
Clarkson said: “I’ll drive somebody around in whatever I can get hold of. I’m sacked so it’s probably an Austin Maestro. So who knows? But anyway it will be my last ever lap of the Top Gear track.”
He added: “There was an 18-year waiting list to be in the audience of Top Gear, but the BBC has fucked themselves. It was a great show and they’ve fucked it up. Tonight’s the night when you have the opportunity.” Clarkson’s Top Gear lap went on to raise the most money at the event.
The BBC released a statement on Thursday that the investigation into the incident involving Clarkson and Top Gear producer Oisin Tymon, which happened two weeks ago, had been completed. Although the verdict of the report is not yet known, Clarkson made several references to being sacked from the BBC2 show during his address to the crowd.
The final three episodes of the current Top Gear series were pulled following Clarkson’s suspension. Clarkson’s contract, and those of his fellow Top Gear presenters, Richard Hammond and James May, expire at the end of this month.
Clarkson ‘tried to apologise’ to Oisin Tymon
Jeremy Clarkson has reportedly made repeated attempts to apologise to Top Gear producer Oisin Tymon over an alleged “fracas”.
It is believed Clarkson has been to Mr Tymon’s home and emailed him.
“In the hours before he reported the matter to the BBC, Clarkson seemed increasingly desperate to apologise to Tymon and persuade him to let the matter blow over,” a source told The Mirror.
“He tried for up to five minutes but in the end had to walk away.”
On Thursday night Clarkson was seen enjoying a night with celebrity friends at The Roundhouse Gala in Camden, north London.
Hammond and May refused to film without Clarkson
Top Gear could have continued while Jeremy Clarkson was suspended – but James May and Richard Hammond refused to do the show without him.
A BBC executive revealed discussions were held about putting out the final few episodes with mainly recorded segments and the two co-stars filming the studio parts.
But the source said: “They didn’t want to do it without Jeremy so the talks didn’t get off the ground.
“There is a feeling that it is all of them or none of them.”