In what we’ve all seen coming ever since the “fracas” earlier this month, Jeremy Clarkson has finally been given the ol’ heave-ho from the BBC, after yet another controversy related to his role on ‘Top Gear’.
On Tuesday afternoon, it was confirmed that Jeremy would not be returning to present ‘Top Gear’ in the future, after over a decade with the BBC motoring show, and - as was always going to be the case - the reaction to the news has been mixed.
Given how quickly the ‘Bring Back Clarkson’ petition was able to rack up one million signatories (and a tank to storm the BBC offices), it’s come as no surprise to see just how many people are bent out of shape to learn that Jeremy Clarkson’s time on ‘Top Gear’ is now over.
Fortunately for the morale of our great nation, other Twitter users have managed to pull themselves together, and see the funny side of the news.
Following his suspension two weeks ago, Jeremy went on to brand the BBC “f***ing b******s” in an expletive-laden rant at a charity auction, adding that ‘Top Gear’ “was a great show… and they f***ed it up".
However, he was later insistent that he was only joking when he made his comments, claiming in his newspaper column: “It was all meant in jest and anyway it worked. By being brief, controversial and a bit sweary I woke the room up and the auction prize I was offering - one last lap of the Top Gear test track - raised £100,000.”
Prior to this incident, Clarkson had come under fire on a number of occasions over the past 12 months, most memorably after unaired footage surfaced online where he appeared to murmur a racist slur as he recited the children's rhyme 'Eenie, Meenie, Miny, Mo'.
Although Jeremy apologised for the clip, insisting the slur was a word he ‘loathed’, many offended viewers called for him to be sacked, and he later admitted that he was on thin ice with bosses at the Beeb, claiming: “I've been told by the BBC that if I make one more offensive remark, anywhere, at any time, I will be sacked.”