The ‘fracas’ that led to Jeremy Clarkson’s suspension reportedly erupted because the Top Gear host could not order a steak.
Reports suggest the star – who was in the crowd at Stamford Bridge for Chelsea’s game against Paris St-Germain last night – had been unhappy at being unable to get hot food at Simonstone Hall Hotel near Hawes, North Yorkshire, where the crew were staying after filming.
Jeremy Clarkson at Stamford Bridge (PA)
The Sun and Mirror both reported that the hotel’s chef had gone home by the time they arrived and the stars were offered cold meat platters, although the presenter requested a £21.95 steak.
The papers quoted a source who claimed Jeremy blamed the producer, Oisin Tymon, for not arranging hot food and described the incident as a ‘scuffle’. The hotel’s general manager then cooked the meal for the star, the source claimed.
Jeremy Clarkson at the game (Matt Dunham/AP)
The Mirror quoted Jeremy, when asked if he was concerned about losing his position at the BBC, as saying: “Well, it’s coming, isn’t it? Honestly, it’s very soon. Let’s just let sleeping dogs lie for the moment.”
Earlier the presenter laughed off his latest controversy, telling reporters he was ‘just off to the Jobcentre’, but said he has regrets about what happened.
The details emerged after David Cameron, a friend of the presenter, backed the star, who lives in his constituency, calling him a ‘huge talent’ and saying he hoped the situation could be resolved so his children would not be left ‘heartbroken’.
Jeremy Clarkson at a Chelsea game on Wednesday night (PA)
Jeremy is alleged to have punched Top Gear producer Oisin during what the corporation officially described as a ‘fracas’.
It was reported that a BBC disciplinary panel has already been convened to decide his fate.