A lot of people say it was just Clarkson being Clarkson, which might be true, but it all sparked from Clarkson not being able to order a sirloin steak. According to James May, Clarkson was already under “huge pressure” and was going to “boil over” at any more moment.
Couple that with it being a late night and calling Tymon a “Lazy, Irish *****,” and you have the recipe for a bloody lipped producer and the end of the greatest automotive program in television history.
As most of you know, Clarkson later apologized:
and paid Tymon 100,000 to help BBC avoid any further legal embarrassments.