With an investigation into the incident ongoing, the BBC has pulled Top Gear from its usual BBC2 Sunday night slot for the remainder of the current series, which still had three episodes left to air.
However Clarkson fans have shown that they don't care whether he tried to attack Tymon or not. Within minutes of the official announcement from the BBC a petition campaigning for his return was set up by right-wing political blog Guido Fawkes.
"We the undersigned petition the BBC to reinstate Jeremy Clarkson. Freedom to fracas. BringBackClarkson," it reads. So far over 700,000 people have signed the petition in support of the Top Gear presenter and #BringBackClarkson continues to trend on Twitter.
Apparently the row was over a steak dinner. Clarkson had been filming all day in North Yorkshire and on his late return to the Simonstone Hall Hotel, where the crew and presenters were being put up by the BBC, he was angry to discover that the chef had gone home. Possibly because he, too, had been working long hours (and not drinking rosé wine in a pub for three hours as reported by Channel 4). Unable to get his chops around the steak dish he fancied on the menu, Clarkson was offered soup or a cold platter as an alternative, which appears to have irked him further.
It's alleged that he blamed Tymon for the lack of steak and that a "scuffle" ensued, the severity of which is still to be determined. One hotel worker told The Times: "I would describe his behaviour as a child's tantrum rather than anything violent."
Whether Clarkson deserves to be sacked by the BBC isn't really the issue here, is it? It's about a grown man acting like an infant because he doesn't get exactly what he wants. And 700,000 people endorsing that.
Even the Prime Minister has put in his tuppence worth. David Cameron said: "'He's a huge talent. Because he is such a huge talent and he amuses and entertains so many people, including my children, who'd be heartbroken if Top Gear was taken off air, I hope this can be sorted out." Thanks, PM, but perhaps stick to worrying about more pressing issues for the country, such as the state of the NHS and urban poverty.
A BBC disciplinary panel, chaired by head of BBC Scotland Ken MacQuarrie, is expected to summon Clarkson this week to explain exactly what happened at the Simonstone Hall Hotel. Tymon may also be required to give his account of the events.
Of course it's not the first time Clarkson has landed in hot water over his behaviour. Here are just a few of the many, many times he's had to take the rap for behaving inappropriately.
(By the way, Clarkson did end up getting his steak dinner — the hotel's general manager cooked it for him. Let's hope his sirloin was worth it.)
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