Former host of popular auto series also apologizes for assault that led to his firing
Jeremy Clarkson has settled the lawsuit brought against him by “Top Gear” producer Oisin Tymon.
Clarkson issued an apology to the producer, whom he assaulted after a shoot in March of last year. “I would like to say sorry, once again, to Oisin Tymon for the incident and its regrettable aftermath,” Clarkson said, per the BBC.
“I want to reiterate that none of this was in any way his fault” he continued. “I would also like to make it clear that the abuse he has suffered since the incident is unwarranted and I am sorry too that he has had to go through that.”
“I am pleased that this matter is now resolved. Oisin was always a creatively exciting part of ‘Top Gear’ and I wish him every success with his future projects,” he concluded.
Tymon also reportedly received upwards of $140,000 as part of the settlement, with the BBC and Clarkson both contributing.
Clarkson was fired after he reportedly spent 20 minutes berating Tymon before physically assaulting him during a fracas over the lack of hot food after filming.
Shortly afterward, Clarkson’s “Top Gear” co-hosts Richard Hammond and James May said that they wouldn’t return to the show without their colleague, calling the idea a “non-starter” that “just wouldn’t work.” All three men will reunite on a new car series for Amazon, which is set to be released later this year.
In addition, Formula 1 commentator Eddie Jordan, world record-breaking German racing driver Sabine Schmitz, auto journalist and YouTube star Chris Harris, and car reviewer and TV presenter Rory Reid will also join the long-running U.K. series.