So, Clarkson gets the sack from Top Gear. Like many Top Gear fans I am terribly disappointed by the decision: it has effectively killed the show as Hammond and May won't be coming back, and no-one could replace Jezza. Especially Chris Evans.
Despite my disappointment, I totally support the BBC in their decision. No workplace should tolerate violence and abuse as demonstrated in this case. As I said in a tweet a little while back, I find many of Clarkson's controversies amusing as they basically poke at Political Correctness in typically pretty benign ways. This though is way different: he verbally and physically assaulted a colleague, and no organization should ignore that, irrespective of how much of a cash cow an employee is and how well liked they are by others.
The one thing I find most disappointing about this is that this whole thing was over a bloody steak and chips. I have always thought of the Top Gear fellas as pretty down to earth, but to throw your toys out of the pram because you didn't get any hot food is stupid, entitled, and completely out of whack with society. Getting in a hissy fit about it would be bad enough, but to stick it to someone in the cakehole? Come on, Jezza, that is just idiotic, numbnuts.
I do have empathy though. It sounds like he has been going through a rough time and stress can manifest in the most awkward and embarrassing ways. I feel bad for Jeremy but I feel worse for the entire Top Gear crew and wider ecosystem that is affected by the overblown reaction of one guy.
Let's hope Clarkson, May, and Hammond don't have a non-compete in their contracts and they can take the magic to Netflix. Imagine a 22 episode binge of new Top Gear. Yes please.