Jeremy Clarkson petition to re-instate the suspended Top Gear presenter reaches 1million

The petition is the fastest-growing in the site's campaign history

Jenn Selby
Friday 20 March 2015 18:00
Jeremy Clarkson is involved in further controversy over a second set of number plates found in the vehicle he was driving in Argentina
Jeremy Clarkson is involved in further controversy over a second set of number plates found in the vehicle he was driving in Argentina

A petition calling on the BBC to bring back suspended Top Gear presenter Jeremy Clarkson has reached 1million signatures, making it the fastest growing campaigns the site has ever hosted.

Said petition has since been delivered to Broadcasting House by The Stig, who drove a tank through central London to the offices, forcing police to issue and advisory statement.

The TV star was originally disciplined by the broadcaster after he allegedly punched show producer Oisin Tymon and called him a “lazy, Irish c**t”. It is thought the "fracas" started when Tymon reportedly failed to give Clarkson a hot meal at the end of a day of shooting.

Police forced to issue alert as Stig drives through London to support Jeremy Clarkson

A BBC investigation is currently underway into the incident, which allegedly left Tymon with a bloodied lip and needing hospital treatment, The Mirror reports.

It is thought that Clarkson will strenuously deny using xenophobic language when he faces a disciplinary inquiry.

But the 54-year-old personality has received a wealth of public support in the wake of the "fracas", not least from the campaign started by political blogger Guido Fawkes last week.

The petition calls for “Freedom to fracas” and demands that the broadcaster give Clarkson back the role he has held, alongside co-presenters Richard Hammond and James May, since 2002.

Brie Rogers Lowery, UK director of, told The Independent: "The pace at which this petition grew was interesting to watch, but it’s quite different to most of the petitions we see on the site. Most petitions on that go on to win do so with 100 signatures or less - so while the number of signatories does make a great story, it is not the only way to measure a petition's impact.

"Often, the petitions that take off are particularly personal to the people who started them - from issues as broad as ending FGM, to saving a woman from execution in Sudan, to asking for a Living Wage to be paid by football clubs."

However, it isn't the biggest petition overall on the website. The #SaveMiriam campaign, which called for Sudanese mother and doctor Meriam Yehya Ibrahim not to be executed for being Christian, beats it with 1,092,280 at the time of writing.

The petition also features the hashtag #BringBackClarkson, which has trended at numerous times on Twitter over the past seven days.

Clarkson even counts the Prime Minister David Cameron as among his higher profile supporters.

“I am very grateful to everybody,” Clarkson told BBC News on Sunday in response to the backing he’s received from his fans.

Top Gear has been axed from the BBC’s TV schedules over the last week. However, a decision on whether four live shows will still air from Norway on 27 and 28 of March is yet to be reached.

Top 10 Biggest Petitions On Change.Org:

1. Don't execute Meriam Yehya Ibrahim for being Christian #SaveMeriam

2. BBC: Reinstate Clarkson

3. IDS: Live on £53 a week

4. Stop 11% pay rise for MPs salaries

5. New Era

6. Green Party included in the debates

7. Save BBC Three

8. Ashya King

9. Cheeki Rafiki

10. No More Page Three

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