BBC confirms Jeremy Clarkson will not have his contract renewed
Top Gear presenter Jeremy Clarkson will not have his contract renewed by the BBC.
The presenter was suspended after an incident with a member of production staff and will now not return to the show.
Speaking about his decision, Tony Hall, director-general of the BBC said: "It is with great regret that I have told Jeremy Clarkson today that the BBC will not be renewing his contract. It is not a decision I have taken lightly. I have done so only after a very careful consideration of the facts and after personally meeting both Jeremy and Oisin Tymon. The BBC is a broad church. Our strength in many ways lies in that diversity. We need distinctive and different voices but they cannot come at any price. Common to all at the BBC have to be standards of decency and respect."
He continued: "I cannot condone what has happened on this occasion. A member of staff - who is a completely innocent party - took himself to Accident and Emergency after a physical altercation accompanied by sustained and prolonged verbal abuse of an extreme nature. For me a line has been crossed. There cannot be one rule for one and one rule for another dictated by either rank, or public relations and commercial considerations."
The BBC have stated that the show will continue and a new presenting line-up will be announced in the coming months.