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Monday 19 August 2019

BBC right to pull plug on Top Gear's Clarkson

I quite like watching the BBC's Top Gear on a Sunday night.

It is no longer the car show about modestly priced family hatchbacks and saloons that I recall from my youth and if it was I probably wouldn't have watched it for I am not much of a petrol head.

Instead it was outrageous, laddish and boorish, with the presenters, Jeremy Clarkson, James May and Richard Hammond going off on mad cap journeys around the world in either fabulous supercars or absolute bangers, stuck together with duct tape and glue.

It made for entertaining viewing and presenter Jeremy Clarkson was the glue that held it all together.

However that one million people in Britain signed a petition asking that he not be sacked after he verbally and physically abused one of the show's producers is the most ridiculous element of the whole story.

Clarkson behaved like a hooligan and lout not an experiencd television presenter.

The BBC have a dodgy record in standing up their presenters, but fair play to them for doing the right thing this time.

Irish Independent

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