"I was editor of
and we published photographs of him in a compromising position with someone who wasn't the then Mrs Clarkson and he didn't like it, and next time he saw me he punched me in the head, which I thought was perfectly reasonable."
"He then tried to headbutt me - missing my nose by about an inch," Morgan explained at the time, as per
"I think it is fair to say he was a little inebriated. He did then try to apologise but sadly I wasn't massively enamoured by this gesture, given the mounting inflammation to various parts of my skull - although I've frankly taken worse batterings from my three-year-old son. I don't think it helped that Jeremy didn't win his award last night."
Clarkson has previous given his side of the story back in 2014 with a column he has at
The Sunday Times
which on this occasion the headline was: "Cheer up, Piers. You can always get a job as my punchbag."
The 62-year-old said that his wife gave Morgan "one of her hard stares from across the room".
To which he claimed Morgan said to him: "Why’s your f***ing wife looking at me like that?".
"So I punched him," Clarkson said. "And then I punched him again."
He claimed to have punched Morgan three times in the head, as well as breaking his finger.
"Is that all you've got?" Morgan reportedly said.
The presenter also recalled a time before this where he tipped a glass of water on Morgan's lap when travelling on final flight of the Concorde in 2003.
"He was seated in the row behind me, droning on about his brilliance, so as we began our descent into London, and an inevitable encounter with the waiting bank of television cameras, I turned round and emptied a glass of water into his crotch,"
wrote in 2014.
"'Look,' I said to journalists as we walked down the aircraft steps, 'the idiot’s wet himself.'"
Though the two were able to have a laugh and joke about the encounter when Morgan appeared on a celebrity special episode of
Who Wants to be a Millionaire
in 2020, a show that Clarkson is the host of.
"I can think of a million reasons why I shouldn't trust you," Morgan said. "Including this scar on my forehead."
"And there's your broken finger... from when he struck me.
"I'm going to say the words I never thought I'd say... I trust you. I believe you. At least this way if I'm wrong, it's your fault," he added.