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Ben Collins, the artist driver formerly known as The Stig, is making sure he keeps everyone tabbed on his side of the story. Most recently, he has accused the BBC of bullying him when he informed them that he was writing a book about his years of anonymous lap times. Furthermore, he alleges that it was the BBC that actually gave away his identity in a piece for one of its own magazines, the Radio Times. After that, Collins says, he felt that his time in the white suit was tenuous and that he should "either jump or be pushed."
Collins' assertions appear a little shaky. The BBC article he highlights as "outing" him was a piece that took names from UK betting outlet William Hill to wonder about The Stig's identity. At the top was Damon Hill, next was Ben Collins and at the bottom was A Giant Wasp, so Collins as a potential Stig was already a matter of speculation -- at least with the bookmakers. As for the bullying claims, the BBC refutes the accusations. Collins says he was "hoping for the backing of his BBC bosses," but is anyone really surprised that the BBC wanted to keep a secret... secret?

[Source: Telegraph]


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      • 4 Years Ago
      Bright beginning and dull finish
      • 4 Years Ago
      I guess it is time for a new Stig.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Does anyone actually care about Ben Collins vs The BBC anymore? Find better news to waste our time with.
      • 4 Years Ago
      I'm waiting for the book penned by the Giant Wasp.
        • 4 Years Ago
        The Giant Wasp would never have expected the backing of the same people he accused of bullying him. The Giant Wasp would have stung them to death instead.
      • 4 Years Ago
      This has all happened before, it shall happen again...
      http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HLXzChc-NBE
      • 4 Years Ago
      Yeah, what bullies, they wanted him to live up to the secrecy part of his contract in playing a character thats main characteristic was secrecy.

      No surprise they first tried to stop the outing, and then ditched him for violating his contract.

        • 4 Years Ago
        HE DIDN'T HAVE A CONTRACT!


        I'm not sure why so many people fail to understand this. He is given a new contact with every season. His last one expired months ago.
        • 4 Years Ago
        WRONG!

        As the judge decided.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Exactly as Olight states. If you actually work producing new technology, you have confidentiality agreements that extend beyond employment termination, so you don't walk across the street and give all the secrets to competitors.

        I do and I am not an executive that gets any extra money for that. It is pretty much standard practice in any industry that has confidential info.



        • 4 Years Ago
        A) Didn't have a contract.

        B) The case was thrown out by the judge.
        • 4 Years Ago
        When employment contracts expire, you are still bound by confidentiality terms. Should be obvious to anyone that has worked in a industry with confidential information.
        • 4 Years Ago
        @Ben: That "bullying" is called "legal action," which will be followed by "you breached your contract, fool," and then "you're broke."
        • 4 Years Ago
        @Snowdog

        Confidentiality agreements are rarely enforceable after someone's employment ends. Unless of course the employer pays an additional sum when your employment ends to keep you quiet.
        • 4 Years Ago
        @UberSil - Those are some funny Confid Agreements you've been signing. Mine don't expire, and that "extra pay" was my getting the work in the first place. If I wasn't comfortable with keeping my trap shut until my contract-holder deemed it unnecessary, then I don't get the work to begin with.

        Limited CAs are OK when the "secret" is on a short cycle, e.g. The Gap's Fall line-up. (And I've been at their San Bruno HQ, and their security is rather unbelievable.) But, let's say that with my current client - a lot of what I work on is confidential for a LONG period of time.

        Anyone with half a brain should realize that the secret of The Stig's identity has a lifetime dictated by the Beeb, as they created the position and the secret. Meanwhile, I do agree that should Collins have wanted a way to generate more money, he could have worked WITH the Beeb to work out a deal (e.g. Stig-penned book), instead of springing an "Oh, by the way" right before publication. That was rather classless.

        Since his other motorsport ventures have not been as successful as hoped (hence Stig-gate: The Search for Cash), I'd be curious to hear from some of his other business partners.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Looks like there will be a new article about the Stig everyday here. He is the new flavor of the season.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Well, when you're job is to a) set lap times and b) keep your identity secret, and you try to make money off of openly discussing your job in a book, you quickly become news...

        And unemployed.

        He deserves the public shellacking he's getting. Opportunity is born of integrity, not money. Sacrificing the former for the latter will *always* be a mistake.
        • 4 Years Ago
        sorry but I'm on the side of Collins. when you have a few million people around the world trying to find out who you are, including journalists and insiders, you know eventually something is gonna get found out. it's not like the public only saw him once and then he disappeared, he was working on the set and appear in the show like every freakin' episode!! he had to get to that track somehow! ever heard of paparazzi?

        then an article lists him as the #2 guy that the stig could be. hmm.. i think anyone in his position would know he's got a limited time before people find out who he is. why not start writing a book about your time as the stig so that when it does eventually break, you can take advantage of the popularity and release your book right after! now that's what i call a smart guy! and doing the respectable thing, he lets the BBC know he's writing.

        now from here, i'm specuating. i'm guessing that someone in the BBC didn't like it and maybe relations got sour. i can easily see a corporation bullying an individual, it happens all the time, and so it is believable that Collins "might" have been bullied. then he gets pissed off... he can't really go and rant to anyone because then everyone would know that he is the stig. then if i remember correctly, someone got a hold of Collins documents showing some tax claims for work on the BBC and top gear. well that's a dead give away! anyways, that's my take on it, and i'm supporting Collins and I would buy his book.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Well you (and everyone [else] who is complaining about it) can...oh, I don't know...not read it.

        I know exercising your freedom of choice (see nighttime's comment) is a radical concept, but....
      • 4 Years Ago
      The BBC outed Stig in the report of the Richard Hammond jet car crash: http://www.hse.gov.uk/foi/releases/richardhammond.pdf
        • 4 Years Ago
        Disagree - it's easy to make that connection in hindsight, but, for example, Michael Schumacher and Sabine Schmitz have also worked with Top Gear in the same capacity. If I just read those sections -- and I pulled up that PDF and read up to that section -- I wouldn't have automatically assumed that Collins was The Stig.

        OK, someone might point out that Schumie *WAS* The Stig in his capacity...for one episode, yes, and he was revealed in that same epi. Schmitz, though, has not donned the Anonymous Helmet.

        Yet.
      • 4 Years Ago
      I still don't understand why Collins and the BBC were not able to make something of the Stig without killing the mystery. I'm sure they could have worked something out,
      • 4 Years Ago
      The Stig was best as the unknown personality.

      When Ben Collins was The Stig and no one knew who he was, that is what made The Stig great. That's what keeped the story going. It's what keeped the The Stig jokes going.

      Now that he has revealed himself, he has only dimmed the spotlight on himself. No one cares about Ben Collin's life as The Stig, they only care about The Stig.

      Once he's canned, I could care less about him. I only care about the new mystery. Who is the masked marauder.
      • 4 Years Ago
      I wish people would stop saying this guy was or is the Stig. He played the Stig.
      • 4 Years Ago
      WHO CARES about Ben Stigler or whatever his name is! One or two blog entries is fine, but this useless information has been going on for days!

      I would be delighted to never hear about this self-engrossed twit or the British car show he's on ever again!
        • 4 Years Ago
        Agree! "Much Nothingness"
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