Sunday 18 August 2019

Irish Top Gear producer ‘suing Jeremy Clarkson and BBC’ for racial discrimination

Jeremy Clarkson
Aoife Kelly

Aoife Kelly

Irish Top Gear producer Oisin Tymon is allegedly suing Jeremy Clarkson and the BBC for "racial discrimination".

Bloomberg reports that lawyers for Clarkson and the BBC met with Oisin Tymon for a closed-door hearing at a London employment tribunal on Friday.

Top Gear producer Oisin Tymon
Top Gear producer Oisin Tymon

It is understood Tylon is seeking damages in excess of £100,000.

Clarkson's contract with the BBC was not renewed following an incident in which he punched Irish producer Tymon in a row over a steak dinner in March this year.

The 'racial discrimination' case reportedly relates to "verbal abuse" which happened during the physical assault.  Clarkson reportedly called Tymon a "lazy, Irish c***" during the confrontation.

Since his exit from the BBC Clarkson has signed a lucrative deal, worth a reported £10m, with Amazon Prime for a new motoring show which he will present alongside former Top Gear hosts James May and Richard Hammond.

Jeremy Clarkson
Jeremy Clarkson

The move will make Clarkson Britain's highest paid TV host, drawing the equivalent of his BBC salary for each episode of the Amazon Prime show.

Top Gear, meanwhile, will be fronted by Chris Evans.

Following the incident, Tymon told North Yorkshire Police that he did not want to press charges against Clarkson.

Mr Tymon's lawyer, Paul Daniels, issued a statement in which he said: "Mr Tymon has informed the police that he doesn't want to press charges.

"The events of the last few weeks have been extremely unpleasant for everyone involved. The matter has taken a great toll on Oisin, his family and his friends.

"Quite simply, Mr Tymon just wishes to return now to the job at the BBC he loves, as soon as possible. Further, the BBC have, in his view, taken action with a view to addressing the issues at hand."

Clarkson currently stars in a TV ad for Amazon new on-demand video device the Fire TV stick in which he takes a swipe at his former employers.

The 30-second clip opens with Clarkson on a Segway inside a Surrey country house, saying: "Back in the spring, as you probably remember, I suddenly became unbusy," referring to when he was sacked by the BBC following a "fracas" with a Top Gear producer.

His second jibe at the corporation came as he showed off the channels available on the Fire TV stick - and quickly scrolled through the BBC iPlayer service.

"Everything you could possibly want, Demand 5, Netflix, that," he said as he flicked on to the BBC offering.

Last week a Top Gear editor published a book on his time behind-the-scenes on the hit BBC show and described Clarkson's behaviour as showing a "lack of respect" for the team.

Richard Porter, a script editor on the programme for 13 years, wrote that "Jeremy had let us down" in the book, And On That Bombshell: Inside The Madness And Genius Of Top Gear.

He went on: "We'd happily work long and late, trying to find a unicorn, a Talbot Samba and a cat that looked like Kylie Minogue if that's what Jeremy wanted.

"But when the reward for the team's hard work was a smack in the chops, that suggested a lack of respect for the people who worked so tirelessly to make his vision a reality."

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