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Friday 18 August 2017

James May: 'Jeremy Clarkson dust-up with producer was not serious'

Top Gear presenters James May, Jeremy Clarkson and Richard Hammond
Top Gear presenters James May, Jeremy Clarkson and Richard Hammond

James May has defended his Top Gear co-star Jeremy Clarkson over the "dust-up" with a producer that saw him suspended from the show.

More than 350,000 people have signed an online petition calling for the 54-year-old's reinstatement after he was suspended following what the BBC said was "a fracas" with producer Oisin Tymon.

May confirmed the row was sparked by catering arrangements for the show, but told BBC News he was not there when it happened.

He said: "I think he's been involved in a bit of a dust-up and I don't think it's that serious."

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A lawyer for Mr Tymon said his client "intends to await the outcome of the BBC investigation and will make no comment until that investigation is complete".

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