Top Gear producer Oisin Tymon: “Jeremy Clarkson is a unique talent”

Following BBC DG Tony Hall's decision to drop the Top Gear host, the producer at the centre of the "fracas" has made a public statement about the "very regrettable incident"

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Following Tony Hall’s decision not to renew Jeremy Clarkson’s contract at the BBC, Top Gear producer Oisin Tymon has released a statement

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Tymon, who was on the receiving end of the “verbal and physical assault” that led to the Top Gear presenter being dropped, met with BBC director-general in the lead up to today’s decision but has refrained from commenting publicly until now.

“I respect Lord Hall’s detailed findings and I am grateful to the BBC for their thorough and swift investigation into this very regrettable incident, against a background of intense media interest and speculation,” he said.

Tymon went on to speak of his decade working on the BBC2 show – “a programme I love” – and his “positive and successful working relationship” with Clarkson until the incident which took place on 4th March. 

“He is a unique talent and I am well aware that many will be sorry his involvement in the show should end in this way.” 

Solicitor Paul Daniels of law firm Slater Gordon, which represents Tymon, added: “This last month has been a nightmare for Oisin, his friends and his family. Through absolutely no fault of his own he found himself at the centre of a massive news story, but despite that he has conducted himself with dignity, restraint and balance.

“He now simply wishes to return to the job he loves at the BBC. He does not intend to make any further media comment and kindly asks that his privacy is respected. 

“More generally, this is an important reminder that UK law protects all staff who face bullying, discrimination or violence at work, and all employers are required to protect their staff from such behaviour.” 

In his statement released earlier today, Lord Hall spoke of his commitment to Tymon’s future at the Corporation:

“This has obviously been difficult for everyone involved but in particular for Oisin. I want to make clear that no blame attaches to him for this incident. He has behaved with huge integrity throughout. As a senior producer at the BBC he will continue to have an important role within the organisation in the future.”

The publication of the findings from BBC Scotland boss Ken MacQuarrie’s investigation into the incident confirmed that “during the physical attack Oisin Tymon was struck, resulting in swelling and bleeding to his lip.”

MacQuarrie’s report also detailed how “Jeremy Clarkson made a number of attempts to apologise to Oisin Tymon by way of text, email and in person.” 

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