Jeremy Clarkson apologises for producer punch

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Jeremy Clarkson today apologised to Top Gear producer, Oisin Tymon, for the punch that marked the beginning of the end for the series as we knew it.

A £100,000 racial discrimination and injury claim has been settled following the incident in March last year, in which the 55-year-old presenter called his producer "a lazy Irish c***", threatened to get him sacked and hit him in the face.

The fit of rage, at a hotel in North Yorkshire, was reportedly triggered when Clarkson was told he couldn't order a steak after a day of filming.

Tymon's lawyers, Slater & Gordon, today revealed that the case has been resolved.

The firm has also released an apology issued by Clarkson, in which he said: "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 star has reportedly tried to apologise before, and after the last ever Clarkson, May and Hammond Top Gear episode was aired, he tweeted: "so sad and sorry it's ended like this".

While the actual sum of the settlement has not been revealed, it is understood to be in excess of £100,000, with both Clarkson and the BBC making contributions.

Paul Daniels, the lawyer who represented Tymon, commented: "The action involving Mr Tymon has been concluded. Oisin is keen to put the matter behind him.

"Oisin greatly appreciates all of the support he has received, including from the BBC. He remains focused on the creative work he loves at the BBC."

As a result of the outburst, Clarkson was fired from his role by the BBC, and his co-presenters Richard Hammond and James May also left in a show of solidarity. The three will be fronting their own show on online streaming service Amazon Prime, while the new series of Top Gear – with a new presenter line-up featuring Chris Evans and Matt LeBlanc – is currently being made.