Ever since the BBC confirmed it wouldn’t be renewing Jeremy Clarkson’s contract, rumours have circulated about where the controversial presenter would end up next. The early favourites were Netflix and Sky, however the latter appears to be out of the race.
Stuart Murphy, Director of Entertainment Channels at Sky, would be the man responsible for hiring the 54-year-old, but if the tweet above is anything to go by, he’s not Clarkson’s biggest fan.
Responding to a fellow Sky employee on Twitter, Murphy said he wouldn’t employ ‘someone who punches a colleague in the face’. As much as the public love Clarkson, it looks like Sky doesn’t think he’s worth the PR risk, especially so late in his career.
It remains to be seen if the TG trio branch off elsewhere. The problem they have is that commercially funded channels will likely be reluctant to upset advertisers by employing someone the public know was fired from his previous job for violence. That makes Netflix the most likely avenue for the threesome, as it funded by user subscriptions - having a new motoring show fronted by Clarkson, Hammond and May would be a big draw to subscribers, and it’s likely the number of users who cancel their subscription in protest would be negligible. Here’s hoping they figure something out together, as we’re not ready to lose Top Gear just yet.