The spot where Clarkson assaulted 'Top Gear' producer Oisin Tymon in March 2015 has been marked with a commemorative plaque.
The North Yorkshire hotel that played host to the infamous ‘fracas’ that ended Jeremy Clarkson’s career with ‘Top Gear’ and the BBC earlier this year has been given a commemorative plaque by one of its guests marking the brawl.
Simonstone Hall, which was ‘Top Gear’s base for a few days during filming of the last series back in March 2015, became the centre of a media storm when it emerged that Clarkson had punched Oisin Tymon, one of the show’s producers, after an argument about the lack of hot food at the end of a day of filming escalated into a loud barrage of abuse and then violence from the presenter.
Clarkson was then suspended, and later dropped, by the BBC as an internal investigation concluded that his behaviour warranted his contract not being renewed upon expiry, and as of May the 55 year old was free to go elsewhere.
The plaque, which the hotel put on its patio where the incident took place, was donated by a hotel guest and reads: “Here lies the BBC career of Jeremy Clarkson who had a fracas on this spot, 4 March 2015. The rest is legend.”
“We were presented with this plaque from one of our guests last night!” wrote Simonstone Hall, sharing a picture on social media. “We think it would be quite appropriate to put it on the patio where the fracas took place!”
Earlier in November, it was revealed that Irish-born Tymon is taking the BBC and Clarkson to an employment tribunal for racial discrimination and personal injury, centring on the “verbal abuse” and the split lip he received during the attack.
Clarkson and his co-presenters Richard Hammond and James May, of course, have signed a deal worth £160 million to produce a motoring series for Amazon Prime, which will begin in late 2016. Chris Evans, and a yet-to-be-revealed pair of co-presenters, are due to front a revamped 'Top Gear' on the BBC early in the new year.