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Top Gear executive producer denies he is quitting show

The future of Top Gear's presenters has been in limbo since Jeremy Clarkson was sacked. Credit: Stefan Rousseau / PA WIRE

Top Gear's executive producer Andy Wilman has denied reports that he has quit the hit show in the wake of Jeremy Clarkson's sacking because of his long-term friendship with the presenter.

Yesterday Mr Wilman sent an email to staff on the show congratulating them on making "one of the most iconic programmes in TV history" which was widely reported to be a resignation statement.

Mr Wilman, whose friendship with Clarkson dates back to their school days, said: "The email I wrote yesterday was not a resignation statement, and nor was it meant for public consumption.

"It was a private note of thanks to 113 people who have worked on the show over the years, but clearly one of those 113 is a bit of a tit, because they shared it with a website."

He added: "I don't get this modern obsession with sharing, linking, forwarding, retweeting. Whatever happened to a private moment?

"And if I were to resign, I wouldn't do it publicly. I'd do it old school by handing in my notice, to someone upstairs in HR.

Top Gear producer does not want to press charges

Oisin Tymon, the Top Gear producer punched by Jeremy Clarkson during a row over food, has told North Yorkshire Police he does not want to press charges, his lawyer Paul Daniels has said.

Top Gear producer Oisin Tymon. Credit: Press Association.

The events of the last few weeks have been extremely unpleasant for everyone involved. The matter has taken a great toll on Oisin, his family and his friends.

Quite simply, Mr Tymon just wishes to return now to the job at the BBC he loves, as soon as possible. Further, the BBC have, in his view, taken action with a view to addressing the issues at hand.

Mr Tymon agrees with the BBC's stated view that all parties should now be allowed to move on, so far as possible.

– Paul Daniels, lawyer for Oisin Tymon

North Yorkshire Police said they are still investigating the incident. A spokesman said: "Inquiries are ongoing."


Clarkson: 'I wish people would leave Ois alone'

Jeremy Clarkson refused to answer questions when asked earlier if he was worried about being arrested.

Clarkson: 'I wish people would leave Ois alone'. Credit: PA

Returning to his home shortly after 3.30pm, he said: "All I would like to say is ... I wish people would leave Ois alone because none of this was his fault."

Police now involved in Clarkson investigation

Jeremy Clarkson has been sacked by the BBC. The Director General, Lord Hall said he was a "huge talent" but that distinctive voices couldn't be kept at any price.

The BBC investigation found he'd been involved in a verbal and physical altercation with a Top Gear producer.

As Nina Nannar reports, the police are now getting involved.


Quentin Wilson says Clarkson 'difficult to work with'

Quentin Wilson used to present Top Gear Credit: PA

Former Top Gear presenter Quentin Willson says Jeremy Clarkson "is a very difficult bloke to work with".

Speaking to BBC Radio 4's PM programme he said: "Jeremy is a massive global talent.

"He's a very difficult bloke to work with, but there is this obvious truth, isn't there, that success always interferes with talent.

"If you've got a global audience of 350 million people hanging on your every word, then that makes you detached from your sources. It's so sad that this is his requiem, if you like."

He added: "This was, whichever way you look at it, unacceptable behaviour. It's not right to whack someone on your team because you haven't had your dinner."

James May changes Twitter bio to 'former TV presenter'

Top Gear co-host James May has changed his Twitter bio to read 'former TV presenter'.

It is not clear exactly when the change to his account was made but fellow presenter Jeremy Clarkson also changed his Twitter bio today to say he "used to be a presenter on BBC2's Top Gear".

James May's twitter bio changed to 'former TV presenter' Credit: Twitter/ James May
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