Two days before assaulting a BBC producer, Jeremy Clarkson was told by a doctor that he might have cancer and that
being given the warning was one of the most stressful experiences of his life. He has attempted to explain his state of mind at the time of the attack by saying
"Two days before the “fracas”, I had been told, sternly, by my doctor that the lump on my tongue was probably cancer and that I must get it checked out immediately. But I couldn’t do that. We were in the middle of a Top Gear series. And Top Gear always came first.’
Clarkson said he had now been given the all-clear, but wrote in his column in The Sunday Times: ‘That was the most stressful day I have ever had in 27 years at the BBC.
It was beyond-belief stressful, everything was gong wrong, and then you know... there you go. But everyone has stressful days, and they manage to cope better than I had." The Sunday Times
Well, yes. We do all have stressful days and we all have different coping strategies - and sometimes we don't seem to be coping at all. But to physically attack someone and blame it on a ( fortunately for Clarkson, clear ) medical diagnosis ?
No. That is not a reasonable excuse or reason. To me, that is a sign of a person who believes himself to be beyond reproach because of his "celebrity status" and obviously agressiveness is second nature to him when he doesn't get what he wants, immediately.
Am I more touchy than usual about this due to my daughter's illness ? Probably, though I make no apologies for that. I have not physically assaulted anyone and have no intention of doing so, no matter how difficult it is to watch your children suffer. Many in the media spotlight have had cancer and other illnesses that they have got through graciously and inspirationally.
Grow up Clarkson. The world does not revolve around the likes of you and your ego.