Tuesday 27 September 2016

Clarkson fires parting shot at BBC over ‘Top Gear’

Kerri-Ann Roper

Published 29/06/2015 | 02:30

Richard Hammond, Jeremy Clarkson and James May in the final ‘Top Gear’ show featuring the three presenters
Richard Hammond, Jeremy Clarkson and James May in the final ‘Top Gear’ show featuring the three presenters

Former ‘Top Gear’ presenter Jeremy Clarkson criticised the BBC ahead of last night’s final episode of the show on BBC Two.

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Clarkson tweeted: “Strange that BBC News is talking down the last ‘Top Gear’ tonight. Do they not want big ratings for some reason?”

His co-presenter, Richard Hammond, replied, asking: “Oh, is it on? Always liked that.” The third of their presenting trio, James May, didn’t join the conversation, instead tweeting that he might attend “a pleasant Sunday evening recital by AC/DC”.

Clarkson has been vocal about the final show, calling it “cobbled together” in a column he wrote for a newspaper.

“BBC Two is screening an edition of ‘Top Gear’ cobbled together from two films that were made before I was fired,” he wrote. “One of them is quite good.”

The final instalment is a 75-minute special that has been compiled of footage taken before Clarkson was suspended, following an altercation over food with Irish producer Oisin Tymon.

The BBC later announced that it would not be renewing Clarkson’s contract for the show.

The programme will return next year with new host Chris Evans.

Irish Independent

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