Andy Wilman confirmed yesterday (24 April) that he will not return as producer of BBC Two’s Top Gear.
Wilman helped reinvent the motoring show in 2002 alongside lead host Jeremy Clarkson. The show was pulled from the schedules last month after it emerged Clarkson had punched producer Oisin Tymon in what the BBC termed a “fracas.”
The beeb’s Director General Tony Hall later decided not to renew Clarkson’s contract, bringing to an end his association with the format.
Wilman worked closely with his old school friend Clarkson and James May and Richard Hammond to produce one of the most watched shows around the world, and one of the most lucrative for the BBC. Both May and Hammond have ruled out returning to the show without Clarkson.
During its report on the investigation, the BBC said they plan to put together the final footage that Clarkson filmed for Top Gear which will be aired this summer on BBC Two. It is unclear whether Top Gear will return next year in the wake of recent departures.