Ex-'Top Gear' star got false cancer diagnosis before fracas

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Posted: Apr 19, 2015 8:19 AM

LONDON (AP) — Former "Top Gear" presenter Jeremy Clarkson says doctors told him he probably had cancer just days before a fracas in which he attacked a colleague from the popular motoring show.

Writing in his column for the Sunday Times, Clarkson described his state of mind in the days before the March 4 scuffle, saying that even the suspected — and ultimately false — diagnosis failed to stem his "obsession" with work.

The BBC refrained from renewing the popular presenter's contract after concluding that Clarkson hit producer Oisin Tymon and subjected him to a 30-minute tirade while they were filming on location.

Clarkson acknowledged there's no way back for him with "Top Gear."

"I have lost my baby but I shall create another," he wrote.