Suspended Top Gear host Jeremy Clarkson has put any slim chance of returning to the BBC in doubt following an expletive-filled rant against the broadcaster at a charity event in London.
The charity auction, which was hosted by Christopher Biggins, was tasked with raising funds to encourage young people to engage in the arts.
The Guardian reports that Clarkson, who sold a lap round the Top Gear track for £100,000, attacked the broadcaster during a speech at the event: “There was an 18-year waiting list to be in the audience of Top Gear, The BBC have fucked themselves, it was a great show and they fucked it up.
“I didn’t foresee my sacking but I would like to do one last lap. So I’ll go down to Surrey and I’ll do one last lap of that track before the fucking bastards sack me… I’ll be a bit tearful when I do it, but fuck it, let’s do it.”
Clarkson’s future is not yet set in stone however, as a BBC spokesman told The Drum on Thursday: “Following last week’s suspension of Jeremy Clarkson, Ken MacQuarrie (BBC Scotland head)is now considering the evidence and will report to the director-general on his findings next week.
“Once this has been considered, we will set out any further steps. The BBC will not be offering further commentary until then.”
If the company does part ways with the petrolhead, Top Gear co-hosts James May and Richard Hammond allegedly told the broadcaster they are unwilling to continue the show, on Thursday.