It was announced that Clarkson would not have his contract renewed after the altercation and fans found out shortly after, that May and Hammond decided to leave with him. May has now confessed that he feels more annoyed over the fact that the fight was blown out of proportion, has no resentment for his co-star, and that he wishes he had stepped in at the time.
“Looking back on it, what annoyed me was that the whole thing became so blown up. And actually, it wasn’t that a big a deal.
“It wasn’t fair on Oisin, the other guy.
“He became a bit of a hate figure on the internet, which I thought was very poor.”
May felt that the friction between Clarkson and Tymon could have been sorted “quite easily”. He said:
“But it could have been sorted out quite easily with a bit of kissing and making up and a bit of slapping and kicking up the a**e.
“But, of course, it turned into a huge story.
“And sometimes I wish I had made more of an effort to make the reconciliation happen.”
Clarkson issued a statement after the incident which left Tymon with a bloody lip. He apologised, saying:
“I would like to say sorry, once again, to Oisin Tymon for the incident and its regrettable aftermath.
“I want to reiterate that none of this was in any way his fault.
“I would also like to make it clear that the abuse he has suffered since the incident is unwarranted and I am sorry too that he has had to go through that.
“I am pleased that this matter is now resolved. Oisin was always a creatively exciting part of Top Gear and I wish him every success with his future projects.”
The BBC made the following announcement shortly after the debacle:
“We are pleased that matters have now been resolved,”
“Oisin is a valued member of the BBC who behaved with huge integrity in dealing with the very difficult circumstances last year – a situation in which, as Tony Hall has stated, he was completely blameless.
“Oisin has made an important contribution to the BBC in his 12 years with us, and we hope to see him continue to realise his potential in his role as a development executive.
“We believe Oisin has a very exciting future at the BBC.”