Jeremy Clarkson is yet to comment on Tony Hall’s decision not to renew his contract with the BBC, but he has made a statement of sorts on his Twitter account.
Until his suspension following his “fracas” with Top Gear producer Oisin Tymon, the presenter’s bio read, “I am a presenter on the BBC2 motoring show, Top Gear”.
Then two weeks ago – with his future on the BBC2 show up in the air – Clarkson inserted a hopeful “probably” into the two-line insert on his social media account…
But following today’s announcement from director-general Tony Hall that the BBC will not be renewing his contract, Clarkson’s Twitter account has undergone a further overhaul and now reads…
The update follows a statement by Lord Hall, confirming, “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.”
Clarkson’s co-host Richard Hammond has reacted to Lord Hall’s decision, tweeting he is “gutted at such a sad end to an era.”
Gutted at such a sad end to an era. We're all three of us idiots in our different ways but it's been an incredible ride together.
— Richard Hammond (@RichardHammond) March 25, 2015
Fellow Top Gear presenter James May‘s profile now describes him as a “Former TV presenter”. Following news of the decision, May told reporters Clarkson’s departure was “a tragedy” and said the show’s three host were “a package“.