Jeremy Clarkson from The Grand Tour, has worked to fix the his life’s mistakes. As of 2020, he hasn’t broken many pedestals despite the ups and downs.
Jeremy Clarkson, one star of The Grand Tour, has worked to fix the mistakes in his life. As of 2020, he hasn’t broken too many pedestals despite the ups and downs and bounced back from the BBC dropping him from a previous show. That happened due to a previous schedule, but he has seemed to make his comeback.
Clarkson is best known for his hosting duties in Top Gear, and The Grand Tour feels like a spiritual successor that is on Amazon Prime rather than the BBC. Season 2 aired on December 18. Viewers have been asking why airing took a long while. Clarkson has been as well, drinking during the lockdown and then receiving a doctor’s order to go dry, due to a blocked saliva duct. Before, he was on and off the wagon, depending on his budget and state of mind.
In 2011, The Guardian covered one of these instances of making amends for a horrible mistake. Clarkson had issued a privacy injunction gag order against his ex-wife over the allegations of adultery. Alexandra Hall had claimed that after Clarkson married his second wife, Frances, the former couple had continued a sexual relationship. Although Clarkson took out the injunction, news outlets found out soon enough. People were interested since the man would rather keep his issues private. Frances later ostensibly filed for divorce in 2014.
The injunction apparently existed to protect Frances and Clarkson’s children. He was worried that both individuals and news outlets would harass them. If Frances didn’t know, then it would cause further rifts in their relationship if she became the center of the scandal. Their kids would also face scrutiny.
Clarkson at the time didn’t see it as a chance to fix his mistakes. He claimed that lifting the injunction was practical; because the information was forbidden, it made the news outlets more interested in finding out the details. As a result, the information would become either public or highly-desired. (This is called the Streisand Effect, named for Barbara Streisand when she tried and failed to get a takedown of photos related to her vacation home.) Hall received more power because of the gag order because she became valuable with the information about a potential affair. Clarkson voluntarily lifted the injunction and said that people were free
2016 also showed what happened when Clarkson made the mistake of committing aggravated assault. According to the BBC, he punched out a Top Gear producer name Oisin Tymon. This happened in March 2015, and the reason why he was dropped from the BBC and the show. From what we know, Clarkson threw a fit when he found out there was no hot food at a set location when filming was done and took it out on Tymon. Tymon received a bloody lip and a barrage of verbal abuse owing to his Irish background; he later received social media abuse despite his decision to not press charges with the amount of evidence. James May and Richard Hammond also left the BBC after this event.
In the end, Clarkson settled with Tymon. He and the BBC paid 100,000 pounds in damages, for a racial discrimination and personal injury claim; at the time this was $140,000 USD. Clarkson also gave a public apology, saying that Tymon did not deserve the injuries at all and that he was a great producer for Top Gear.
The important thing about fixing your wrongs is to not make it all about you. You have to respect the wounded party’s wishes about the affair and what they feel would handle the situation. In some cases, nothing may undo the damage while in others, you need to take tangible actions.
Clarkson doesn’t have a clean slate per se, but he has a second chance now. With The Grand Tour entering another season, his career remains standing.