So here we are: the Oxfordshire home of Tony Hall is under 24-hour guard, after the BBC Director General received death threats for his decision to sack popular Top Gear host Jeremy Clarkson.
Per reports in News Limited, Scotland Yard confirmed that police received information about a death threat on Wednesday, following, we’ll say again, an announcement to sack the host of a goddamn TV show.
The threat is currently being investigated, and while no arrests have been made, it’s serious enough a security team is stationed outside Hall’s house, at a reported cost of around $2000 AU per day.
Variety report that the eight-person security team comprises former military officers and police, not people with whom one would necessarily like to fuck.
A representative for the BBC refused to comment on the threat, which allegedly came from “outside the UK”, and was received in an email. Producer Oisin Tymon, with whom Clarkson fought before his sacking, has also received threats via social media.
The wildly popular Top Gear, which is seen by an audience of 350 million worldwide, is facing an uncertain future, with Clarkson’s co-presenters James May and Richard Hammond reportedly considering walking away.
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