Jeremy Clarkson has urged his fans to stop blaming the Irish producer he punched for his sacking.
Oisin Tymon, who had to receive medical attention following the unprovoked attack at a hotel in Yorkshire earlier this month, has been sent death threats by trolls on social media.
Approached by reporters he rode his bicycle from his London home yesterday, Clarkson said: "All I would like to say is I wish people would leave Ois alone, because none of this is his fault."
Clarkson admitted he was upset about his sacking by the BBC - but added "everyone is upset".
His dismissal has also left his 'Top Gear' co-presenters on the verge of quitting, with James May saying he could now "do something completely different with my life." He said he might quit TV and the car business altogether after his friend and colleague Clarkson was axed.
The presenter said it could be "time to go back to normal life", calling time on his long-running partnership with Clarkson and Richard Hammond.
"We did it for 12 years. It's a very big moment in our lives, but nothing was going to last forever.
"We just didn't know how it was going to end. Things are supposed to end in a whimper so maybe we've broken the mould a bit," he said, describing the success of the programme as a "fluke".
Asked whether he would make another 'Top Gear' show, May replied: "Not necessarily."
Is that because he does not want to carry on without Clarkson? "It's not just that. I might want to do something completely different with my life.
"I'm quite old now. [I might do] something outside of cars. I always wanted to be a teacher."
Speaking outside his home, May said the BBC's decision to sack Clarkson was "very harsh but I think they were probably forced".
He added: "I don't actually know the entire story. A lot of people are making judgments about it, but they don't know the full story either so I don't know. This only happened yesterday. We have to spend a lot of time thinking about what we do next."
May said Clarkson would easily find another job in TV. "I can't see Jeremy Clarkson having very many serious problems in his working life in the long run. He's extremely good at what he does."
The fans are the ones who are really suffering, May added, "because in the end they haven't seen our last three films that we made which we were quite pleased with. This has been a good series, one of our better ones." May finished by saying: "I'm only a freelance TV presenter and, in many ways, it's all just been a massive fluke.
"So here I go, I'm about to eat some beans and go back to my normal life."
BBC director-general Tony Hall has made it clear he wants the show to continue but its future is now uncertain. (©Daily Telegraph, London)