Jeremy Clarkson has spoken out for the first time over the incident which led to his suspension from the BBC.
The outspoken host of hit motoring show Top Gear has hinted he may quit the show. Clarkson is currently suspended while the BBC investigate reports that he ‘aimed a punch’ at the show’s producer Oisin Tymon.
Writing in his Sun newspaper column he suggests that the end may be in sight. “…the day must come when you have to wave goodbye to the big monsters, and move on.” He went on to compare himself to a dinosaur, saying that nature shouldn’t have invented the creature. “These big, imposing creatures have no place in a world which has moved on.”
BBC News reports that Clarkson informed Danny Cohen, Director of TV, about the “fracas” himself. Top Gear has been pulled from the schedules while the investigation continues. Director General of the BBC, Tony Hall, is also involved in the inquiry as the world waits to hear what the BBC will do with one of its star presenters.
The petition to save Clarkson has reached near 900,000 signatures this week. He’s also had public backing from the Prime Minister David Cameron and former Culture Secretary Maria Miller, who said the corporation needs to manage its relationship with its stars better than it currently does.