While UK newspaper The Telegraph reported on Tuesday evening that Top Gear presenter Jeremy Clarkson was to be fired by the BBC as the result of an altercation with a producer, the network is claiming it has not yet reached a decision.
According to The Telegraph, an announcement from BBC director general Lord Hall was expected to be released Wednesday morning, in which he would thank Clarkson for his contribution to the success of Top Gear, while maintaining that the behavior exhibited by the popular presenter during a “fracas” with producer Oisin Tymon would not be tolerated.
The Telegraph also states that according to a report filed by BBC Scotland’s Ken MacQuarrie over the weekend, the altercation saw Clarkson verbally abuse Tymon for approximately 20 minutes, and then “physically attack” him for close to 30 seconds.
According to various reports following Clarkson’s suspension from the program, the dust-up occurred due to the lack of hot food on hand at the close of a day of filming.
The Telegraph also claims that popular BBC radio host Chris Evans is a frontrunner to replace Clarkson, but it is not known if co-stars James May and Richard Hammond will choose to stay with the program. The story also cites speculation that Clarkson could be headed to SVOD service Netflix in some capacity.
Top Gear is one of the BBC’s most popular global franchises, attracting a worldwide audience of approximately 350 million viewers.
Meanwhile, the official comment from the BBC on the matter is that it has not yet reached a decision concerning Clarkson.