Jeremy Clarkson hints he may leave Top Gear in first newspaper column since BBC suspension
Jeremy Clarkson has hinted he may be about to leave Top Gear in his first newspaper column since he was suspended by the BBC over a "fracas" with a producer.
Writing in the Sun, Clarkson appeared to liken his situation to the extinction of the dinosaurs and said "the day must come when you have to wave goodbye to the big monsters".
And though more than 800,000 people have signed a petition demanding Clarkson be reinstated, the controversial presenter suggested it would not be enough to save his job.
"You can start as many campaigns as you like and call on the support of politicians from all sides, but the day must come when you have to wave goodbye to the big monsters, and move on," he said.
"We lose one animal and get another. The world turns."
Clarkson chose not to expand on the incident with producer Oisin Tymon, which newspaper reports have claimed was sparked by the presenter being refused a steak at the filming team's hotel in Yorkshire.
"I don't intend to dwell here on what happened then or what will happen in the future. I'm sure you're as fed up with the story as I am," Clarkson said.
Clarkson's fate at the BBC will be decided by a disciplinary panel chaired by BBC Scotland head Ken MacQuarrie, but the date of the hearing has not been revealed.
Yesterday Snickers scored a PR success by sending Clarkson a free box of the chocolate bars emblazoned with the brand's slogan: "You're not you when you're hungry."