R.I.P. Top Gear

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  1. osu1991

    osu1991 Well-Known Member

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    Most of the news now is that they have a no compete clause in the UK that runs through 2017, so they are trying to get around that by signing a deal with a US company (Netflix) that can then turn around and license it back to ITV or another UK broadcaster.
     
  2. DouglasPHill

    DouglasPHill Cynical old guy

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    It was great, I was chuckling numerous times. For some reason I did not get the last half hour. Can't wait for the new show on Netflix with the gang.
     
  3. Dan203

    Dan203 Super Moderator Staff Member TCF Club

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    I got some sort of Best Of recording last night. Haven't watched it yet.
     
  4. midas

    midas I heard that

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    I really don't understand. BBC claims what Clarkson did was so bad that they have no choice but to sever ties. Yet they don't seem so embarrassed by his behavior that they don't show reruns constantly. I guess what he did was bad enough to not pay him anymore, but not bad to stop making money off of him.
     
  5. osu1991

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    BBC started showing best of episodes from the final 2 series last week. BBC America is following suit. Should be for the next 3 weeks, as they have 4 scheduled.

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  6. wedgecon

    wedgecon Just Plain Awesome TCF Club

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    They are not embarrassed, they severed ties because Clarkson assaulted a fellow employee. Like most employers they can not keep an employee who assaults another employee. That does not mean you can not profit off their previous work for which they own the rights too.
     
  7. BrettStah

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    Do the hosts get residuals from the reruns, I wonder?
     
  8. DouglasPHill

    DouglasPHill Cynical old guy

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    The PC police did their job. I had suggested a suspension with anger training classes but they chose a very unprofitable route. They, the BBC PC police, made their decision now they can live with the monetary consequences.
     
  9. GoPackGo

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    BBC had no choice but to let Clarkson go. Keeping him would have opened them up to a lawsuit from the assaulted employee.
     
  10. ClutchBrake

    ClutchBrake Pass the gravy!

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    I would have been surprised by that, given that he didn't report Clarkson. Clarkson reported himself.

    That being said, with the other scandal(s) going on with the BBC their hands were tied. They did what they had to do.
     
  11. midas

    midas I heard that

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    So what? Paying the guy to settle the case would have cost them less than they are going to lose by trying to have Top Gear without Clarkson. Don't you think a low level producer would have jumped at a million bucks? How many multi-millions is the BBC going to lose in just the first year?

    And I don't know how it is in the U.K., but here in the U.S., firing Clarkson would not preclude the guy from suing the company. And in fact they didn't actually fire him, they just failed to renew his contract.
     
  12. DevdogAZ

    DevdogAZ Give 'em Hell, Devils

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    It wasn't about the liability for this incident. That already existed. Firing Clarkson was about limiting the BBC's exposure for any future incidents. If they knew of this incident and allowed him to keep working and something similar happened in the future, then that could be used against the BBC to make them liable since they knew of a dangerous situation and did nothing to correct it.
     
  13. pteronaut

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    Clarkson was already on his final warning after the 'slope' incident.

    Even if his victim hadn't reported the assault, an onlooker could have easily made a complaint based on a public order offense, including racism. The BBC is already under the microscope for all of the alleged sex crimes by public figures in their employ that either went unreported or were swept under the rug in the 1970's. Clarkson is the sacrificial lamb following Operation Yewtree. Top Gear can be a drop in the BBC's ocean, or a Millstone around it's neck where current UK public scrutiny is concerned.
     
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  14. midas

    midas I heard that

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    That's a different issue than the one I responded to.
     
  15. DevdogAZ

    DevdogAZ Give 'em Hell, Devils

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    How so? You were arguing that they shouldn't have fired him (or should have renewed his contract) because the cost of settling with the "victim" would be less than the amount lost if Top Gear goes away. I'm saying that the potential costs of keeping Clarkson around after this incident is simply too great, regardless of how much they're going to lose.
     
  16. midas

    midas I heard that

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    Nope. I simply addressed the idea that they had to fire him simply because the guy he beat up would sue.
     
  17. aaronwt

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    I would hope in a normal workplace that if a person punches someone that there would be similar repercussions. There is no excuse for it. None. And certainly the supposed reason for it here is just absurd.
     
  18. LoadStar

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  19. DevdogAZ

    DevdogAZ Give 'em Hell, Devils

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    Excellent news. I was afraid the rumors of a non-compete clause might keep them sidelined for awhile. I wonder how soon they'll go into production and have episodes available.
     
  20. LoadStar

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    Production this fall, "air" date sometime in 2016.
     

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