Jeremy Clarkson might have been the one who, a BBC inquiry has concluded, threw the punch that ended his career with the broadcaster.
But it was show producer Oisin Tymon, the recipient of the Top Gear presenter’s assault, who 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.”
The inquiry, conducted by Ken MacQuarrie, found that Tymon had suffered “swelling and bleeding to his lip” after being struck by Clarkson.
“The verbal abuse was sustained over a longer period, both at the time of the physical attack and subsequently,” he wrote.
Tymon has since released the following on the incident: “I respect Lord Hall's detailed findings and I am grateful to the BBC for their thorough and swift investigation into this very regrettable incident, against a background of intense media interest and speculation.
“I've worked on Top Gear for almost a decade, a programme I love.
“Over that time Jeremy and I had a positive and successful working relationship, making some landmark projects together. He is a unique talent and I am well aware that many will be sorry his involvement in the show should end in this way.”
Tymon has been spared the wrath of Clarkson trolls directly, as he doesn't have a Twitter account. But that hasn't stopped the comments from coming thick and fast anyway:
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