The conflict at the BBC’s worldwide hit car show “Top Gear,” where co-host Jeremy Clarkson got himself suspended — and got the show taken off the air, for now — has reached the top level of British government.
Time magazine reports that Britain’s Prime Minister David Cameron commented on the dispute.
The article reports: “Noting that Clarkson was a friend of his, Cameron said, ‘Because he is such a talent and he amuses and entertains so many people, including my children, who’d be heartbroken if ‘Top Gear’ was taken off air, I hope this can be sorted out, because it’s a great programme and he’s a great talent.’”
Clarkson, 54, was suspended from the show after he allegedly punched a producer, as we reported previously. The BBC also pulled the plug on the show’s few remaining episodes of the current season.
Cameron noted that he didn’t “want to interfere” in the BBC’s dealing with the incident, Time notes.
Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg also offered his thoughts on the situation, pretty much echoing Cameron’s comments. Time quotes Clegg saying in a radio interview: “The guy’s obviously incredibly popular and the show that he does provides entertainment to millions of people, but who is responsible for determining whether he carries on or not is his employers.”
Time also notes: “Though the BBC has only referred to the incident as a ‘fracas,’ according to a report in the Daily Mirror, Clarkson hit the ‘Top Gear’ producer after he’d finished filming ‘when he was told he would not get the steak he wanted,’ as all that was available was ‘soup and a cold meat platter.’”