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Jeremy Clarkson tweets as final Top Gear aired: 'So sad and sorry it's ended like this'

Published 28/06/2015 | 21:55

(left to right) Richard Hammond, Jeremy Clarkson and James May in the final Top Gear show featuring the trio (BBC)
(left to right) Richard Hammond, Jeremy Clarkson and James May in the final Top Gear show featuring the trio (BBC)
A 10ft plastic replica elephant which could feature in the last episode of the current series of Top Gear

Former 'Top Gear' star Jeremy Clarkson has said he is "sad and sorry" his long-running stint with the hit BBC series ended in the manner it did.

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Clarkson, who was sacked as the show's presenter following a "fracas" with a series producer, took to Twitter tonight after his final appearance on 'Top Gear' was aired.

No return: Jeremy Clarkson
No return: Jeremy Clarkson

Read more here: Clarkson's parting shot at BBC  

Segments for the episode was filmed before Clarkson was axed.

After the show aired, Clarkson tweeted: "Many many thanks for all your support and encouragement over the years. So sad and sorry it's ended like this."

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It was a more conciliatory tone than one he was using earlier today when was critical of the BBC.

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

Chris Evans has called on Top Gear's fans to apply for the job of co-hosting it with him
Chris Evans has called on Top Gear's fans to apply for the job of co-hosting it with him

His co-presenter, Richard Hammond, replied asking: "Oh, is it on? Always liked that."

Read more here: Top Gear trio complete last lap  

The third of their presenting trio, James May, didn't join the conversation on social media, instead tweeting that tonight he thinks he'll 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 The Sun 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."

Read more here: Chris Evans: Top Gear won't shock for the sake of it - shock tactics used by those with a 'lack of imagination'  

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 producer Oisin Tymon.

The BBC later announced that it would not be renewing his contract for the show.

The show will return with new host, Chris Evans, who announced he was looking for hosts to join him on the show.

Evans called on Top Gear fans to send in short audition clips for a job on the show ahead of its return next year.

Read more here: BBC boss denies Clarkson was offered 'Top Gear' again

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