Is Top Gear Over?

The BBC announced that it is not renewing Jeremy Clarkson’s contract for Top Gear. Given the popularity of the show, this really means that he’s being fired. While there have been many controversies in recent years about his comments and behavior, the proverbial straw that broke the camel’s back was an incident where he reportedly assaulted a producer. The other hosts have more or less said that they won’t do the show without Clarkson, so it seems that Top Gear may be facing an ignominious end. While this is sad for fans of the show and probably bad for the BBC’s brand, I can’t say that I blame them. They have much more of an obligation to protect their regular employees from abuse than to protect their stars/personalities from themselves. While many people are understandably upset, they really should focus their anger on Clarkson and not on the BBC, which is doing what any responsible organization would do when faced with responding to an incident of workplace violence.

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