Richard Hammond 'gutted' about Jeremy Clarkson sacking: 'We're all three of us idiots in our different ways'

The co-presenter implied that their journey had come to an end when he tweeted his own statement on the findings of the BBC inquiry

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The end is nigh for Jeremy Clarkson and his Top Gear cohorts, if Richard Hammond’s comment on the news that he has been sacked as the show’s presenter is anything to go by.

The co-presenter implied that their journey had come to an end when he tweeted his own statement on the findings of the BBC inquiry today.

However, he left the possibility of him and May continuing without Clarkson.

He posted the following:

His comment follows that of James May, who told Sky News that continuing the show without Clarkson would require ‘careful thought’. “I don’t want to talk about that too much,” he told the channel. “I think we’re very much the three of us as a package, it works for very complicated reasons that a lot of people don’t fully understand. So that will require a lot of careful thought.”

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The BBC reached a decision not to renew Clarkson’s contract after an investigation concluded he punched Oisin Tymon following a row over catering arrangements.

 

The inquiry, led by BBC Scotland director Ken MacQuarrie, concluded that Clarkson verbally abused Tymon for 20 minutes before launching a 30-second physical assault on the producer at a luxury Yorkshire hotel.

Tymon, the victim of the assault, thought he’d lost his job following the incident.

“It is clear that Oisin Tymon was shocked and distressed by the incident,” BBC Director General Lord Tony Hall said in his statement today, “and believed that he had lost his job”.

“Following the attack, I understand that Oisin Tymon drove to a nearby A&E department for examination.”

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