It seems to be a global phenomenon that all it takes to ruin a career is an accusation that someone said something, even if it's not crystal clear or true.
Welcome to the 21st century.
Jeremy Clarkson of Top Gear fame recently found this out when the finger was pointed at him for saying the "N-word." Though he denied it, he later apologized. After that he penned a story where he said though he didn't utter the word he had to turn over a new leaf due to previous run ins with remarks that sent ethnic groups and social classes into a tizzy.
Though it's been said the BBC was very close to terminating his contract, clearly that doesn't seem to keep them from flinching as they're negotiating a new three-year deal to keep the presenter employed through 2018. Clarkson's colleagues, Richard Hammond and James May, are also in talks with the BBC.
Good on ya, Clarkson and company!
...Just weeks after the furore, Clarkson is set to sign a bumper deal that will keep him at the BBC until 2018.
A source close to Clarkson said yesterday that the negotiations had begun “well before” the latest scandals.
Top Gear co-stars Richard Hammond, 44, and James May, 51, are also holding talks and are on the verge of signing.
Clarkson’s current deal runs out next April but BBC management are keen to finish the deal within the next few weeks...