Jeremy Clarkson has apologised to producer Oisin Tymon, whom he punched last March whilst in Yorkshire filming Top Gear. The incident occured in a North Yorkshire hotel when, after a day of filming, Clarkson flew into a rage upon being told he could not order a sirloin steak by the then assistant producer Tymon.
Racial profanities and a bloody lip led to Tymon launching legal action against Clarkson and the BBC, which resulted in a £100,000 settlement and Clarkson’s removal from the show.
Clarkson has reportedly tried to apologise to Tymon before, but today an apology was issued via law firm Slater & Gordon, who are representing Tymon:
“I would like to say sorry, once again, to Oisin Tymon for the incident and its regrettable aftermath. I want to reiterate that none of this was in any way his fault.
I would also like to make it clear that the abuse he has suffered since the incident is unwarranted and I am sorry too that he has had to go through that. I am pleased that this matter is now resolved. Oisin was always a creatively exciting part of Top Gear and I wish him every success with his future projects.”
Since the incident, Clarkson’s co-presenters, James May and Richard Hammond, have also left the show and the trio are once again working together on an identical project for Amazon. Meanwhile, the BBC are putting together an all-star team, headed up by Chris Evans, to relaunch Top Gear.