Clarkson Hints at Quitting BBC

James May, Jeremy Clarkson, Richard Hammond
The Associated Press

Top Gear presenter Jeremy Clarkson has hinted that his career at the BBC may be over after penning a column for The Sun about dinosaurs in which he alluded to his own fate by writing about their decline and extinction.

The TV personality said: “All the dinosaurs died and now, years later, no one mourns their passing. These big imposing creatures have no place in a world that has moved on.

“You can start as many campaigns as you like and call on the support of politicians from all sides, but the day must come when you have to wave goodbye to the big monsters and move on. We lose one animal and gat another. The world turns.”

Addressing speculation about his alleged “fracas” with a producer, Clarkson added: “I don’t intend to dwell here on what happened then or what will happen in the future. I’m sure you’re as fed up with the story as I am.”

The presenter’s fate will be decided by an internal disciplinary inquiry that will be headed by a senior BBC executive. It will begin hearing evidence next week, but it is not clear how long it will take to reach a verdict.

Top Gear, which is watched by over 300 million people worldwide, has been taken off air in the mean time. In 2013, Guinness World Records recognised it as the most widely watched factual TV programme in the world.