Jeremy Clarkson appeared to claim that he has already been sacked by the BBC at a charity event at London’s Roundhouse last night (March 19).
Taking to the stage to auction off a lap of the Top Gear racing track in a top-of-the-range sports car, Clarkson told the audience: “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.”
Clarkson’s expletive-filled claims were captured on camera in a video obtained by The Mirror. “There was an 18-year waiting list to be in the audience of Top Gear, but the BBC has fucked themselves,” Clarkson continued as he addressed the audience. “It was a great show and they’ve fucked it up.”
Referring to the vehicle he will drive during his supposedly “final” lap of the Top Gear track, he added: “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 test drive.”
The BBC announced on March 10 that the Top Gear presenter has been suspended “pending an investigation” following a “fracas” with a producer. It has since been reported that Clarkson “saw red” after discovering that no dinner had been provided after a long day’s filming and allegedly hit an assistant producer who has worked on the show for around 10 years. However, this has yet to be confirmed by the BBC.
The corporation’s internal investigation, which is being headed by Ken MacQuarrie, the director of BBC Scotland, began on March 16 and is due to be handed to Director-General Tony Hall early next week. Meanwhile, an online petition to reinstate the suspended Top Gear presenter has now attracted nearly one million supporters.