Ex-‘Top Gear’ host Clarkson apologizes to producer he hit

Amazon today announced that Jeremy Clarkson, Richard Hammond and James May will reunite to make a new car show available exclusively to Amazon Prime members. The show will be produced by the trio’s long time executive producer Andy Wilman.

LONDON (AP) — Jeremy Clarkson, the former host of hit BBC auto show “Top Gear,” apologized Wednesday and paid an undisclosed sum to a producer he punched in an off-set altercation.

Clarkson was fired in March 2015 after hitting Oisin Tymon and calling him a “lazy Irish (expletive)” during a dispute at the end of a day’s filming.

Tymon sued for personal injury and racial discrimination.

His law firm, Slater & Gordon, said Wednesday that the suit had been settled. In a statement, Clarkson said: “I would like to say sorry, once again, to Oisin Tymon for the incident and its regrettable aftermath.”

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Financial details of the settlement were not disclosed, although the BBC reported it was more than 100,000 pounds ($140,000), to which both Clarkson and the BBC contributed.

The incident threatened the future of one of the BBC’s most popular shows — and biggest international earners. “Top Gear” has won a huge following around the world with its mix of car tips, driving stunts and jokey banter.

The BBC is relaunching “Top Gear” with a new team of hosts including DJ Chris Evans and former “Friends” star Matt LeBlanc.

Clarkson and his “Top Gear” co-hosts James May and Richard Hammond have signed up to a rival show on Amazon’s TV service.