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Chris Evans: BBC sacking of pal Jeremy Clarkson was bizarre

By Eleanor Bley Griffiths

Published 02/05/2016

Controversial: Jeremy Clarkson
Controversial: Jeremy Clarkson

Top Gear host Chris Evans has said it is "bizarre" that Jeremy Clarkson was fired for "losing his rag over his dinner" after surviving several prior international incidents unscathed.

Clarkson was suspended and then fired by the BBC after a "fracas" when he punched Top Gear producer Oisin Tymon. The incident occurred after Clarkson was told there was no hot food available after a day of filming.

Asked whether Clarkson deserved to be fired, Evans told GQ magazine: "What is more fascinating is that he went for what he went for, considering what had gone on before.

"If you look at the chronology of controversy at Top Gear over the last five or six years, it is bizarre that he went for losing his rag over his dinner when there had been international incidents before that."

During his career as Top Gear host, Clarkson was accused of making several xenophobic or racist comments, including saying a car manufactured in Mexico would be lazy, and calling Romania "Borat country, with gypsies and Russian playboys", causing local unrest.

He also faced a mob in Argentina after driving a car with the numberplate H982 FKL, which many Argentinians believed was a reference to the Falklands War.

Evans said Clarkson remains his hero, although the two have not met in some time.

He said: "We used to get on. I don't know if we still get on because I haven't seen him in ages. But he is one of my heroes. He's entertaining. He was great on Top Gear and I love his writing."

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