Saturday 24 March 2018

Steve Coogan points at 'finger-waggers' over Top Gear stunt around Cenotaph

Steve Coogan said the Top Gear stunt at the Cenotaph was 'probably inappropriate'
Steve Coogan said the Top Gear stunt at the Cenotaph was 'probably inappropriate'

Alan Partridge actor Steve Coogan has joked that he is "outraged" at the Top Gear stunt around the Cenotaph.

The comic actor said the British were a nation of "finger-waggers" who were enjoying the chance to be outraged about the incident, which involved presenter Matt LeBlanc and rally driver Ken Block doing "doughnuts" around the war memorial in London's Whitehall.

Appearing on Alan Carr: Chatty Man, he said: " I am outraged. Outraged. Yeah, that's it."

He added: "I mean there is a point to it but I think people do like to get, I mean the British especially, we do like to get really angry about things don't we?

"It was probably inappropriate but I think people love to go, 'How dare you'. A lot of finger-waggers, aren't we?"

Coogan revealed his name had actually been in the mix to join the new Top Gear line-up, which includes LeBlanc and Chris Evans.

" They mentioned me, and I have been on three times," he said. "In fact, when I'm abroad I get recognised, not for Alan Partridge, but for having been on Top Gear three times. That is my claim to fame.

"They did mention me but I'm not sure I would be very good at that. You know, they always say its better to say 'Why wasn't he a presenter on Top Gear?' than 'Why was he a presenter on Top Gear?'

"Think about that. It's quite wise."

Partridge himself could soon be making a return to TV - for a chat show, if Coogan has his way.

The tactless and inept television and radio presenter had a big screen outing in 2013's Alan Partridge: Alpha Papa, and now his creator has further ambitions .

Coogan said: " We might do a real chat show. Alan Partridge Speaky Man.

"We might do a real one, with real guests. I don't know. We are having a think about it. Thing is, we really want to make fun of the guests in a way that is a bit edgy.

"I interviewed Elton John once and made fun of his propensity of buying huge bouquets of flowers and being a gay ex-pothead. He was great. He wore his pink suit to look extra gay for us. It was nice."

:: Alan Carr Chatty Man airs at 10pm on Channel 4.

Press Association

Style Newsletter

Stay on top of the latest fashion, beauty and celeb gossip in our Style newsletter.

Also in this section