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BBC Boss Receives Death Threats After Jeremy Clarkson Was Dropped From Top Gear

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Samir Hussein—WireImage Jeremy Clarkson watches the races during Gold Cup day of the Cheltenham Festival at Cheltenham Racecourse on March 14, 2014, in Cheltenham, England

A threat made by email is being investigated by police

The Jeremy Clarkson saga continues. The Metropolitan Police in London are now investigating death threats made against BBC director general Tony Hall in the wake of his decision to drop the Top Gear presenter after Clarkson assaulted a producer.

Hall announced the BBC’s decision not to renew Clarkson’s contract last week after an internal inquiry found that the Top Gear host had verbally and physically attacked producer Oisin Tymon after filming an episode of the show. The BBC had initially suspended Clarkson after they learned about the incident in early March. Since then, more than a million people have signed an online petition requesting that Clarkson be brought back to the popular auto show.

Other Clarkson fans have taken to social media and made abusive and even threatening comments toward the BBC and Tymon.

Now, the BBC is reporting that their own boss has received alleged death threats. Hall received the threats last Wednesday. A spokesman for the Met told the BBC: “Police in Westminster are investigating an allegation of threats to kill [Tony Hall]” and noted that the threat was made by email.

The Mail on Sunday reports that both the director general and his wife have round the clock protection from security guards at their home.

For his part, Clarkson told reporters outside his home last week that he wanted fans to lay off producer Tymon, saying, “I wish people would leave Ois alone because none of this was his fault.”

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Jeremy Clarkson Ditched by BBC Over Attack on Producer

Jeremy Clarkson in London in 2012.
Ian Gavan — Getty Images Jeremy Clarkson in London in 2012.

"Oisin Tymon was subject to an unprovoked physical and verbal attack by Jeremy Clarkson"

After two weeks in limbo, the BBC have announced that they’re officially dropping Top Gear host Jeremy Clarkson.

The 54-year-old auto journalist and presenter was suspended after he allegedly tried to punch a producer, which the BBC originally dubbed a “fracas.” The broadcaster announced Clarkson’s suspension in a statement on Mar. 11, saying: “Following a fracas with a BBC producer, Jeremy Clarkson has been suspended pending an investigation. No one else has been suspended.”

It quickly emerged that Clarkson struck the Top Gear producer, Oisin Tymon, after filming in a Yorkshire hotel and learning he wouldn’t be served a hot steak meal — though the BBC didn’t initially define “fracas.”

Following an internal investigation led by the director of BBC Scotland Ken MacQuarrie, the broadcaster found that producer “Oisin Tymon was subject to an unprovoked physical and verbal attack by Jeremy Clarkson. During the physical attack Oisin Tymon was struck, resulting in swelling and bleeding to his lip. The verbal abuse was sustained over a longer period, both at the time of the physical attack and subsequently.” The report also stressed that Tymon “offered no retaliation” and was the victim “through no fault of his own.”

The BBC’s director general Tony Hall announced on Wednesday that Clarkson’s contract would not be renewed, “marking the end of his time as Top Gear presenter.” (Clarkson’s contract was due to end at the end of the month.) Hall also said that the organization had “not taken this decision lightly,” but “a line has been crossed” and he could not “condone what has happened on this occasion.”

As rumors of Clarkson’s firing began to swirl, so did rumors of his possible replacement though no one has officially been announced. It’s also unclear what will happen to Clarkson’s co-hosts Richard Hammond and James May, whose contracts were also up at the end of March, though Hall did indicate that the BBC would be attempting to renew Top Gear for the 2016 season.

This isn’t the first time that Clarkson has found himself at the center of a controversy and in 2014 the BBC gave the presenter a final warning after unused Top Gear footage, found by the Daily Mirror, appeared to show Clarkson use the N-word.

Read More: Six Times The BBC Should Have Suspended Jeremy Clarkson But Didn’t

Yet Clarkson has plenty of people in his corner. The series has a huge following, largely thanks to Clarkson’s often offensive humor and disdain for political correctness. Shortly after he was suspended, an online petition clamoring for Clarkson’s return to Top Gear cropped up and has more than a million signatures.

Even political leaders spoke out in his defense: the U.K.’s prime minister, David Cameron, told the BBC in an on-air interview that Clarkson was a friend and “because he is such a talent and he amuses and entertains so many people, including my children, who’d be heartbroken if Top Gear was taken off air, I hope this can be sorted out, because it’s a great programme and he’s a great talent.” He later told an interviewer that his daughter had even threatened to go on a hunger strike if Clarkson wasn’t reinstated.

In his remarks on Wednesday, Hall also noted Clarkson’s popularity, adding, “Jeremy is a huge talent. He may be leaving the BBC but I am sure he will continue to entertain, challenge and amuse audiences for many years to come.”

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Critics and Jay Leno Agree: James Corden is ‘Likeable’ on The Late Late Show

James Corden steps on stage for the first episode of "The Late Late Show with James Corden," in Los Angeles on March 23, 2015.
Monty Brinton–CBS/Getty Images James Corden steps on stage for the first episode of "The Late Late Show with James Corden," in Los Angeles on March 23, 2015.

The British actor put a different spin on U.S. late-night television

James Corden made his Late Late Show debut on Monday and the British arrival was almost universally celebrated by critics.

In the run-up to the show, there a was much discussion on whether Corden’s British accent and humor would translate with American audiences. Yet after his debut, it appears that it wasn’t Corden’s Britishness that shone through, but his sheer affability.

Through interviews with guests Mila Kunis and Tom Hanks, along with pre-taped segments with Meryl Streep, Chris Rock, Eddie Redmayne, Billy Crystal, Lena Dunham, Simon Cowell, Katie Couric, Chelsea Handler, Allison Janney, Shia LaBeouf, Arnold Schwarzenegger and Jay Leno, Corden managed to come off as charming, gracious and earnest — all while earning laughs.

Former late-night host Leno spoke to the BBC radio show Today early on Tuesday and summed up Corden’s appeal: “He’s a very funny guy and he’s an especially likeable guy. I think that’s sort of the key.” He added, “I think the era of ironic snarkiness in over in America.”

Other critics seem to agree with Leno’s assessment. Brian Lowry, in his review for Variety, wrote, “Unlike Letterman (and to a degree Craig Ferguson, who was content to simply be goofy much of the time), Corden comes across as natural and likeable.” Michael Slezak at TV Line wrote that “Corden came off as charming and unexpectedly earnest for a late-night host.”

Other critics made comparisons between Corden and NBC’s Tonight Show host Jimmy Fallon (also known for his non-snarky personableness). The Wrap‘s Dana Gordon noted that “The humour and musicality of Corden’s show are similar in spirit, if not execution, to Fallon.” While Tim Goodman at The Hollywood Reporter wrote in his review of the show, “This much was clear from Corden’s debut – he’s different. The glaring difference is that he comes without almost any snark, which is a modern American late-night talk show host must-have quality that was only recently spurned by Jimmy Fallon.”

But not every critic found Corden’s likeableness that, well, likeable. (The same could of course be said for Fallon.) Writing in for the Guardian, Brian Moylan noted some of Corden’s attempts to charm rubbed him the wrong way. “It’s like he’s a new guy at a small party who is working the room to win everyone over,” Moylan wrote. “He also has a bit of the embarrassing effusiveness that people find grating about Jimmy Fallon. Having respect for your guests is one thing, but gushing is never becoming, even if it’s over stars of this calibre.”

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Watch James Corden Score a (Maybe) Scoop on His Late Late Show Debut

The British host kicked off his late show with a bang when guest Mila Kunis said she 'might' have gotten married

The British invasion of late night television continues. On Monday, James Corden took over as host of the CBS late-night talk show, where he interviewed guests Mila Kunis and Tom Hanks.

Though Corden was a relative unknown in the U.S. until his recent appearance in Into The Woods, the British comedian has already built a successful career as a television and stage actor in the U.K. And in his late night debut, Corden — who took over the show from the Scottish-born presenter Craig Ferguson — also proved a charming host. He (maybe) even managed to get a scoop out of Kunis, who has been engaged to actor Ashton Kutcher since early 2014. When asked point-blank by Corden if she had gotten married, Kunis replied with a coy “maybe.” For his part, Corden took the reply as a confirmation: “That’s a yes as far as I’m concerned.”

In addition to Kunis and Hanks, other high-profile figures made appearances — though in pre-taped segments — on the show, including Chris Rock, Eddie Redmayne, Billy Crystal, Lena Dunham, Simon Cowell, Katie Couric, Chelsea Handler, Allison Janney, Shia LaBeouf, Arnold Schwarzenegger and Jay Leno.

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Harry Potter Owls Mistreated, Animal Cruelty Group Says

PETA has accused 'The Making of Harry Potter' tour of mis-treating owls

The successful Warner Bros studio tour of ‘The Making of Harry Potter’ has come under fire for its treatment of animals.

The Harry Potter attraction at Warner Bros Studio Tour London opened in 2012 and allows fans to tour the sets, sample Butterbeer and meet animals from the franchise, including Harry’s owl.

Animal rights group PETA has accused the tour of mistreating the owls that appear on the tour. After secretly filming the tour, PETA has accused the tour operators of keeping the “distressed birds… tethered in tiny cages for hours and forced to perform tricks.”

“Confining frightened owls to tiny cages where they can only chew at their tethers in frustration goes against every message of respect and kindness that J.K. Rowling’s wonderful books taught us,” PETA director Mimi Bekhechi told the BBC.

Warner Bros Studio Tour London told the BBC, “It is essential the welfare of the birds… is of the highest standard.” They also said that they had asked the company that owns the birds, Birds and Animals, to “review this matter.”

Meanwhile a spokesperson for Birds and Animals told the BBC, “The owls are always given regular breaks and closely monitored by a vet. Now that we have had the opportunity to see the footage, we have instigated a review of the issues raised.” They added: “We will take appropriate action to ensure that the birds and animals always receive the very best care.”

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Prince Harry Needs a New Job

Prince Harry Hosts Coach Core Graduation Ceremony
Chris Jackson—Getty Images Prince Harry chats with Coach Core graduates during a Coach Core Graduation event at St James's Palace on Jan. 14, 2015 in London, England.

The 30-year-old prince is leaving the armed forces after 10 years and is looking for a new job

It’s official: Prince Harry is looking for a new job.

The 30-year-old royal is set to end his 10-year military career, Kensington Palace confirmed in a statement on Tuesday. That career has seen Harry qualify as an Apache pilot and complete two tours of Afghanistan. Yet come June, when he will leave the armed forces, the prince will be “actively considering other longer term employment opportunities.”

In the statement, Harry said that, “After a decade of service, moving on from the Army has been a really tough decision. I consider myself incredibly lucky to have had the chance to do some very challenging jobs and have met many fantastic people in the process.” He added, “I am considering the options for the future and I am really excited about the possibilities…. So while I am finishing one part of my life, I am getting straight into a new chapter.”

Harry, who already serves as the patron of several charities, already lined up volunteering stints that could very well lead to a full-time gig.

The prince will be be spending part of the summer volunteering with field-based conservation experts in Africa and spending time learning how local communities in sub-Saharan Africa are working to protect and conserve natural resources and wildlife.

Following his time in Africa, Harry will head back to London, where he is slated to volunteer with the U.K.’s Ministry of Defense’s Recovery Capability program, which supports wounded, injured and sick military staff. He’ll also continue to work with case officers at London District’s Personnel Recovery Unit, which he has been doing since last year, alongside both those who are administering and receiving physical and mental care. According to Kensington Palace, this work “will enable him to continue developing his knowledge of the entire recovery process, placing him in an informed position to further support wounded, injured, or sick servicemen and women into the future.”

Working with veterans makes sense for Harry, who last year founded the Invictus Games, a multi-sport event for wounded military men and women. In Harry’s statement on Tuesday, he revealed his plans to continue his work with the event, saying he was set on “making sure the next few Invictus Games are as amazing as the last.”

Finding a suitable working role can be challenging for a royal, especially one wanting to avoid a fully packed schedule of official royal appearances and overseas tours—and one who has a reputation as a party boy. Many royals, past and present, have spent their time working with charities. Harry’s late mother, Princess Diana, was particularly known for her charity work, serving as president or patron of more than 100 charities. Similarly, Kate, the Duchess of Cambridge, serves as the patron of various charities, including the East Anglia’s Children’s Hospices and the National Portrait Gallery. Then there’s Harry’s older brother William, the Duke of Cambridge, who has opted for service-based work. After seven years in the military himself, William is now gearing up to work as an air ambulance helicopter pilot, based in Cambridge and Norwich. (William, who is second in line to the throne, after his father Charles, has said he’ll donate his salary to charity.)

No matter what job Harry eventually chooses, he’ll have to balance it with his other lifelong work as a member of the royal family. The prince knows this. According to Kensington Palace, Harry will continue to support his grandmother, Queen Elizabeth II, attending official engagements in her honor, including embarking on a royal tour to New Zealand in May.

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British PM Joins Jeremy Clarkson Controversy as New Details Emerge

Television presenter Jeremy Clarkson is mobbed by journalists as he leaves an address in London, March 11, 2015.
Peter Nicholls—Reuters Jeremy Clarkson is mobbed by journalists in London, March 11, 2015.

The politician and the Top Gear host are long-time friends

In the wake of Jeremy Clarkson’s suspension a huge number of fans have come out to offer their support — including the prime minister, David Cameron.

In an interview with the BBC, Cameron was asked to comment on the incident which saw Clarkson, a 54-year-old auto journalist and presenter of Top Gear suspended by the BBC after he allegedly punched a producer. The final episodes of the current Top Gear season were also dropped. Noting that Clarkson was a friend of his, Cameron said, “because he is such a talent and he amuses and entertains so many people, including my children, who’d be heartbroken if Top Gear was taken off air, I hope this can be sorted out, because it’s a great programme and he’s a great talent.”

He added that he didn’t “want to interfere” in the BBC’s handling of the incident. Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg echoed Cameron on LBC Radio, saying, “The guy’s obviously incredibly popular and the show that he does provides entertainment to millions of people, but who is responsible for determining whether he carries on or not is his employers.”

Though the BBC has only referred to the incident as a “fracas,” according to a report in the Daily Mirror, Clarkson hit the Top Gear producer after he’d finished filming “when he was told he would not get the steak he wanted,” as all that was available was “soup and a cold meat platter.”

There are plenty of Clarkson fans who have been actively campaigning to have the presenter reinstated at the popular auto show. An online petition asking for Clarkson’s return to Top Gear was started on Tuesday and has already amassed more than 700,000 signatures. The series has a huge following, both in Britain and around the world, and fans seem to particularly love Clarkson’s often offensive humor and disregard for political correctness. One signature on the petition, from Charlie Houghton of Chelmsford, England, includes the note, “Jeremy is a bastion of light in a dark PC world.”

This isn’t the first time that Clarkson has found himself at the center of a controversy. Just last year, the presenter was given a final warning from the BBC after unused Top Gear footage, found by the Daily Mirror, appeared to show Clarkson use the N-word. Other past incidents — bigoted commentary, as well as physical altercation — have prompted many to call for his dismissal over the years.

The BBC appears to be taking the latest incident seriously. BBC executive Ken MacQuarrie will chair a disciplinary hearing in order to determine whether Clarkson stays or goes. Yet BBC director general Tony Hall told the Guardian that there was no set timeline for the hearing, saying on Thursday, “We have got to get the people who are impacted by this together. We began that work yesterday.” He also said, “I am not going to speculate [what will happen to Clarkson]. The first task is to get the facts and once you’ve got the facts then you can make decisions, but I need facts.”

For his part, Clarkson seems to be taking the latest media storm in stride. He reportedly told a group of reporters outside his London home on Wednesday night that the suspension would allow him to take in some soccer, saying, “At least I’m going to be able to get to the Chelsea match tonight.”

Read more: Here’s 6 Times the BBC Should Have Suspended Jeremy Clarkson But Didn’t

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Rhodes Is Never ‘Turning Back Around’ in His New Video: Premiere

The hotly tipped singer's new clip is premiering exclusively on TIME

It’s a bold statement when an artist chooses to go by one name, but singer-songwriter Rhodes — first name: David — has the talent to back up his singular moniker.

The 25-year-old, who hails from Hitchin, east England, began his musical career just two years ago — but he’s already opened for the likes of Sam Smith (to whom he is routinely compared), Laura Marling, Rufus Wainwright and London Grammar. Plus, he played at both Glastonbury and the London Burberry show in 2014. Rhodes has also released three EPs in the past 18 months and has been busy recording his debut album, due out this summer. The first single from the album, called “Turning Back Around,” will be released on April 5, but the video for the track premieres on TIME today.

The video was shot over several days in Cyprus earlier this year. “I wrote the song about running away from something and wanted the momentum of the percussion to feel like I was never turning back,” Rhodes says of the track. In addition to the building drums, the serene, soaring vocals of the song show why he’s been compared to greats like Smith, Adele and even Coldplay’s Chris Martin.

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Here’s 6 Times the BBC Should Have Suspended Jeremy Clarkson but Didn’t

The British Top Gear host is no stranger to controversy

Has Jeremy Clarkson finally crossed the line?

The 54-year-old auto journalist and presenter of the hit show Top Gear has been suspended by the BBC after he allegedly tried to punch a producer. The broadcaster announced Clarkson’s suspension in a statement released on Tuesday, which read: “Following a fracas with a BBC producer, Jeremy Clarkson has been suspended pending an investigation. No one else has been suspended. Top Gear will not be broadcast this Sunday. The BBC will be making no further comment at this time.”

A pro-Clarkson protest has already broken out, with an online petition demanding that the presenter be reinstated racking up more than 380,000 signatures. That support can likely be chalked up to the Top Gear brand’s massive popularity — with 350 million viewers a week worldwide, the Emmy Award–winning show is one of the most popular television franchises on the planet. The show is known and loved by many for its brand of offensive humor and disregard for political correctness.

Yet this is hardly the first time that Clarkson has caused trouble for the BBC. The often rude and imprudent host has been at the center of many controversies throughout his time at Top Gear, which he first began hosting in 1988. Particularly since the midaughts, Clarkson has been criticized for intolerance, mocking other cultures and outright racism. The BBC has often had to deal with the fallout of Clarkson’s controversies, typically issuing defenses of or apologies for his behavior.

This latest incident marks the first time the BBC has suspended Clarkson, though there have been a number of past occasions where the broadcaster would have been justified in either temporarily or permanently cutting ties with the presenter.

1. Using the N Word
Years ago, Top Gear filmed the presenter choosing between two cars, where Clarkson used the nursery rhyme “Eeny, Meeny, Miny, Moe” to make the decision. In the footage, not used on the show but discovered and reported by the tabloid the Daily Mirror in 2014, Clarkson mumbles the N word while reciting the rhyme.

After first issuing a strong denial, Clarkson released an apology video online. He explained that while filming he had, “mumbled where the offensive word would normally occur.” But after rewatching the footage, he realized, “It did appear that I had actually used the word I was trying to obscure.”

He then added, “Please be assured, I did everything in my power to not use that word.”

2. Nazi Jokes
In a 2005 episode, the Top Gear team discussed a German-built BMW Mini and Clarkson made a series of Nazi references. After raising his arm in a Hitler-style salute, Clarkson mocked the 1939 invasion that triggered the World War II, saying that a quintessentially German car would have a GPS “that only goes to Poland.”

There were numerous complaints, however the BBC Governors’ Programme Complaints Committee responded that while they “agreed that comments about the Nazis and the Second World War could certainly cause more concern than many other subjects,” they “did not believe that, when looking at the audience as a whole, they would have felt that the comments were anything more than Jeremy Clarkson using outrageous behaviour to amuse his audience, and that the remarks would not have led to anyone entertaining new or different feelings or concerns about Germans or Germany.”

3. Using a Slur Against Asians While Filming in Thailand
During a Top Gear special in Burma, which aired in March 2014, Clarkson and crew built a bamboo bridge over the River Kwai in Thailand. Once the bridge was completed, Clarkson said of the bridge, as the camera showed an Asian man walking across it, “That is a proud moment — but there’s a slope on it.” There was a swift backlash, with many calling out Clarkson for racism.

The BBC issued an apology in response to the controversy, stating: “When we used the word ‘slope’ in the recent Top Gear Burma Special it was a light-hearted word play joke referencing both the build quality of the bridge and the local Asian man who was crossing it. We were not aware at the time, and it has subsequently been brought to our attention, that the word ‘slope’ is considered by some to be offensive and although it might not be widely recognised in the UK, we appreciate that it can be considered offensive to some here and overseas, for example in Australia and the USA. If we had known that at the time we would not have broadcast the word in this context and regret any offence caused.”

4. Punching Piers Morgan
In 2004, Clarkson punched Piers Morgan — then the editor of the British tabloid the Daily Mirror — while the two were attending the British Press Awards. Though Clarkson later said he was “ashamed of it,” he didn’t shy away from boasting about the dustup on national television.

5. Insulting Then Prime Minister Gordon Brown
During the fallout of the global financial crisis in 2008, Clarkson called then Prime Minister Gordon Brown a “one-eyed Scottish idiot.” (Brown lost his sight in one eye after an accident playing rugby as a teen.) The insult prompted immediate backlash from Scottish politicians and disability groups. Clarkson issued an apology, stating, “In the heat of the moment I made a remark about the prime minister’s personal appearance for which, upon reflection, I apologise.”

6. Anti-Americanism
Clarkson has become known for his hostility toward the U.S. There have been many times — on Top Gear, in interviews and in his writing for the British newspaper the Sun — that he’s denounced American culture and people. But he perhaps took it a bit too far in 2005, where he wrote in a Sun article criticizing the rescue efforts for victims of Hurricane Katrina: “Most Americans barely have the brains to walk on their back legs.”

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Mark Zuckerberg Has Advice for Young People Who Want to Change the World

Mark Zuckerberg attendes Mobile World Congress 2015
David Ramos—Getty Images Founder and CEO of Facebook Mark Zuckerberg speaks during his keynote conference during the first day of the Mobile World Congress 2015 at the Fira Gran Via complex on March 2, 2015 in Barcelona, Spain.

The Facebook founder and CEO knows experience isn't everything

Advice is a valuable commodity when it comes to learning leadership. But according to Mark Zuckerberg, sometimes listening to yourself is the most important advice.

The Facebook CEO held a town hall-style question and answer session at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona on Mar. 4, where he addressed topics such as his hiring practices, the ideal team size and working with Sheryl Sandberg.

But one of the most insightful moments from the Q&A came when Zuckerberg was asked what advice he had for young people with world-changing ideas. The 30-year-old billionaire said, “The most important thing is to just have faith in yourself and trust yourself. When you’re young, you hear that you don’t have experience to do things, that there are people that have more experience than you. [But] I started Facebook when I was 19.”

“Don’t discount yourself, no matter what you’re doing,” he continued. “Everyone has a unique perspective that they can bring to the world.”

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