The debacle encircling the BBC over the television “Top Gear” fracas involving Jeremy Clarkson has seen the lawyers enter the fray and Clarkson launching an expletive laden tirade against the corporation for destroying the top-rating show.
Clarkson has hired major law firm Olswang and senior partner Mark Devereaux to represeent him at the BBC inquiry, while Australia-based Slater & Gordon is hired to represent the ‘Top Gear’ producer Oisin Tymon.
He has also launched a fiery tirade against the BBC who have no doubt tarnished irreparably the “Top Gear” brand as much as Clarkson may have.
The Guardian reported:
Clarkson labelled the BBC “fucking bastards” following his suspension from Top Gear and hinted that he expected to be sacked as a result of the corporation’s internal investigation into an alleged fracas with a programme producer which will report next week.
Clarkson said to the audience: “The BBC have fucked themselves. It was a great show and they fucked it up.”
Clarkson was suspended over a week ago over an alleged fight over food – as distinct from a ‘food fight’ in the usual context – resulting in the suspension of filming for what is the world’s most-watched television show with an audience of 350 million.
Clarkson’s suspension is to be reviewed by an in-house BBC tribunal, which is expected to include director general Tony Hall and the corporation’s director of television Danny Cohen. BBC executive Ken MacQuarrie is to chair the disciplinary panel.
Olswang’s Devereux has acted for a range of broadcasters, TV producers, film-makers, and other media businesses and individuals in both the UK and the United States.
Meanwhile the fallout from the fracas has major economic implications for the BBC and possible severe legal repercussions as a result of the show’s final two episodes not being filmed and supplied to tv stations.
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