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For once it’s not Jeremy Clarkson causing controversy.
‘The Grand Tour’ presenter Richard Hammond has come under fire from viewers, after describing ice cream as a food only for gay people during the latest episode of the Amazon Prime series.
Richard Hammond’s bizarre ice cream comment has angered ‘The Grand Tour’ viewers
Clarkson and the ‘Grand Tour’ team had been trying to board a flight out of Germany.
Jeremy Clarkson has claimed he was barred from boarding a flight in Stuttgart, Germany by an angry airport worker.
Speaking to The Sun, ‘The Grand Tour’ host claimed an Argentinian airport employee shouted at him “I’m from Argentina so f*** you!”, as he prevented him and co-hosts Richard Hammond and James May from boarding.
However a spokesman for Stuttgart Airport disputed Clarkson’s version of events and said the host had missed several calls for his flight and that the employee in question is Spanish, not Argentinian.
Continue reading: Jeremy Clarkson Claims He Was Barred From Flight By Airport Worker
Amazon are also offering Prime subscriptions at a reduced rate until Friday.
To promote the show’s launch, the streaming service are continuing the trio’s tradition of pulling stunts, by leaving ‘crashed’ cars in London and Berlin.
'The Grand Tour' released its first trailer ahead of the series starting on Amazon Prime on November 18th.
There’s just over a month to go until Jeremy Clarkson’s long-awaited ‘The Grand Tour’ finally makes its debut, and the public has now gotten its first proper taste of the new motoring series with a brand new trailer.
Opening in a drizzly car park at a British racetrack, the 94-second clip features a broken arm, tanks blowing up vans and Clarkson trying to lead a camel up a ramp.
Continue reading: First Trailer For Jeremy Clarkson's 'The Grand Tour' Released
Ahead of the debut of 'The Grand Tour' next month, the trio appeared on Corden's 'The Late Late Show' to participate in a 'Carpool Karaoke'-style competition segment.
As the former presenters of ‘Top Gear’ they were probably one of Britain’s most famous entertainment exports, but now Jeremy Clarkson and his colleagues Richard Hammond and James May have appeared on James Corden’s ‘Late Late Show’ in the US ahead of their new series ‘The Grand Tour’.
The trio are launching their massively anticipated new motoring series ‘The Grand Tour’ on Amazon Prime in just over a month’s time.
Ahead of the grand unveiling, they appeared in a ‘Carpool Karaoke’-style segment on the late night chat show where they raced cars around a desert track, and answered questions from their fellow Brit James Corden.
The first episode of 'The Grand Tour' will be available on Amazon Prime from November 18th.
The much-anticipated new motoring show from Jeremy Clarkson, Richard Hammond and James May finally has a release date. The first episode of ‘The Grand Tour’ will be made available on Amazon Prime from November 18th.
The new show’s maiden episode will be 70 minutes in length, and will partly be filmed in California next month, with one section of the episode already shot in Johannesburg in South Africa.
New episodes of ‘The Grand Tour’ will then be released every Friday for 12 weeks. Revealing the launch date, Amazon has uploaded a 30-second teaser trailer to YouTube.
Continue reading: Jeremy Clarkson's 'The Grand Tour' Launch Date Revealed
The former ‘Top Gear’ host was just looking for a quiet weekend in Hampshire when he found himself in the middle of the wedding party.
Of all the hotels Jeremy Clarkson could have checked in to for a quiet weekend in Hampshire, he picked the one where Danny Dyer was hosting his wedding bash. The presenter accidentally found himself in the middle of Dyer’s all-night wedding party over the weekend, at the five-star Chewton Glen hotel in Hampshire.
The accidental wedding crasher Jeremy Clarkson
According to The Sun, Jeremy was just looking to relax during a break from his hectic filming schedule for ‘The Grand Tour’ and was stunned to find himself in the middle of Dyer’s wedding to longtime girlfriend Jo Mas.
Mark Thompson says Clarkson could be a “deeply objectionable character”, but he should have kept his job.
Former BBC Director General Mark Thompson has said that the BBC should not have sacked Jeremy Clarkson, because he was someone they could not afford to lose. While Thompson admitted Clarkson often rubs people the wrong way, he said that the presenter attracted viewers to the BBC who didn't find anything else for them on the station.
Mark Thompson thinks Jeremy Clarkson should never have been fired by the BBC
Speaking to The Sunday Times Thompson said: “Clarkson can be a deeply objectionable individual, and I say that as a friend. I don’t think people should punch their colleagues. It’s hard to keep them if they do."
Filming for the new Amazon show was scheduled to begin in South Africa on Friday (July 15).
He’s filmed in front of a live audience thousands of times in his career, but former ‘Top Gear’ host Jeremy Clarkson has admitted he’s nervous about the recording of his new Amazon motoring series ‘The Grand Tour’. Clarkson will be fronting the show with his former ‘Top Gear’ colleagues James May and Richard Hammond and filming was scheduled to being in South Africa on Friday.
Jeremy Clarkson is nervous about recording ‘The Grand Tour’
Wiring in his weekly column for The Sun, Clarkson said: "We've done it hundreds of times. It should be easy. I should be relaxed. But tomorrow, in a field just outside Johannesburg, James May, Richard Hammond and I will record the first studio segment for our new show, 'The Grand Tour'. And I don’t mind telling you. I’m crapping myself.”
Continue reading: Jeremy Clarkson Is Nervous About Filming 'The Grand Tour'
The presenters were informed of Evans' departure while they were shooting 'The Grand Tour' in Italy this week.
Former ‘Top Gear’ presenters Jeremy Clarkson and James May are said to be rather pleased that the beleaguered Chris Evans announced his departure from the re-vamped BBC show earlier this week, with the latter saying he was “very chuffed” at Evans’ failure.
May and Clarkson, along with co-presenter Richard Hammond, have been filming an episode of their upcoming Amazon Prime show ‘The Grand Tour’ in the northern Italian city this week. On Monday, Evans resigned as presenter of the new ‘Top Gear’ after it flopped in the ratings, and the two ex-presenters are reportedly having a laugh about it when told.
James May is apparently "very chuffed" at the disastrous new series of 'Top Gear'
A prize draw is currently the only way to get tickets for filming of the UK episode of 'The Grand Tour', arriving on Amazon Prime this autumn.
After the low ratings suffered by the re-vamped ‘Top Gear’ over the last six weeks, that have already claimed one career casualty in the shape of Chris Evans, attention is now turning to the long-awaited rival Amazon Prime series fronted by Jeremy Clarkson, Richard Hammond and James May.
Following last month’s announcement that their show ‘The Grand Tour’ would be kicking off in the South African city of Johannesburg, Amazon Prime has announced that the programme would be filming in the UK at some point.
Clarkson, Hammond and May's new show 'The Grand Tour' is coming to the UK
The pair were famously combative when they presented Top Gear
Former Top Gear presenters Jeremy Clarkson and James May were known for their difference of opinion on the motoring show but the pair have come together for one thing and admitted it may the only thing they have ever agreed on: the UK remaining in the EU.
Jeremy Clarkson and James May met with the Prime Minister, David Cameron
The duo gave Prime Minister David Cameron a guide around their TV production company which is in the final stages of perfecting their new Amazon Prime show, The Grand Tour, which will also include former Top Gear presenter Richard Hammond.
The video of Clarkson assembling a DHL box has received better reviews from fans than the new series of ‘Top Gear’.
Jeremy Clarkson’s new Amazon Prime series which will rival ‘Top Gear’ hasn't even premiered yet, but the host has found another way of stealing the spotlight from Chris Evans. On Twitter Clarkson has shared a video of himself trying to assemble a cardboard DHL box, which according to fans was more entertaining to watch than the new ‘Top Gear’.
https://t.co/WsWmjesJn4 via YouTube To celebrate our new sponsorship deal, I've done a thing.— Jeremy Clarkson (@JeremyClarkson) June 6, 2016
Clarkson's new show with Richard Hammond and James May will be called 'The Grand Tour'.
On Wednesday afternoon (May 11th), Clarkson wrote on Twitter: “Start the smoke. We have a name”. The title was then revealed, apparently a reference to their intention to host each episode in a different city across the world and the copious number of filming locations already used - including northern Africa, Barbados, Portugal and London.
“So, the Grand Tour (GT for short) will come from a tent, which we will put up in a different location every week. Your town?” another tweet read soon afterwards.
The BBC show’s new host says Clarkson is still one of his heroes even though he hasn't seen him in ages.
‘Top Gear’ host Chris Evans has described the sacking of his predecessor Jeremy Clarkson as ‘bizarre’. Clarkson was fired from the BBC show last year, after a ‘fracas’ in which he punched producer Oisin Tymon, but Evans said he’s surprised that it was that incident which ended his ‘Top Gear’ run.
Chris Evans says Jeremy Clarkson’s ‘Top Gear’ exit was ‘bizarre’.
"What is fascinating is that he went for what he went for, considering what had gone on before,” Evans told GQ. If you look at the chronology of controversy of 'Top Gear' over the last five or six years, it is bizarre that he went for losing his rag over his dinner when there had been international incidents before that…”
Continue reading: Chris Evans Calls Jeremy Clarkson's 'Top Gear' Sacking Bizarre
Clarkson, May and Hammond still haven't found a title for their upcoming motoring show.
Jeremy Clarkson has revealed he's spent thousands of pounds consulting lawyers while trying to come up with a name for his new Amazon Prime series and he’s still no closer to finding a title. Writing in his column for the Sunday Times, Clarkson said most of his suggestions have been ruled out by legal advisors who say they have already been trademarked.
Jeremy Clarkson still can't find a name for upcoming Amazon Prime series.
“I spend at least six hours a day in my office — which is insured and smoke-free and resplendent with potted plants — sucking creatively on a corporate Biro as I wait for the daily 3pm ‘Anything yet?’ phone call from Amazon in Los Angeles,” he wrote.
Continue reading: Jeremy Clarkson Details Woes Of Naming New Amazon Prime Series
The 80s were not kind to the three presenters.
Jeremy Clarkson has posted an epic throwback picture, showing just how much he and co-presenters James May and Richard Hammond have changed over the past few decades. The trio, who are still working on a name for their upcoming Amazon Prime show, sported some dodgy haircuts and made some questionable fashion choices back in the 80s, but fans can decide which one came out looking the worst.
Two of us come out of this badly. But the other.... Holy Shit pic.twitter.com/LXe0hTcOAv— Jeremy Clarkson (@JeremyClarkson) April 18, 2016
The trio are struggling to name their new show in their first promo video.
Jeremy Clarkson, James May and Richard Hammond have released their first promo video for their new Amazon Prime show, which still doesn't have a name. In the video the trio are seen trying desperately to brainstorm a title, so they can stop calling it ‘Currently Unnamed TV Show’.
The former ‘Top Gear’ presenters are having trouble naming their new TV show.
Filmed ‘somewhere in London’ the promo shows the three presenters sitting together and offering up some ideas for what the show could be titled. "It's been months - we still have no name. Well how long can we keep calling it 'currently unnamed TV show’?" Clarkson says.
Clarkson described it as ‘the most dangerous stunt I've ever attempted’, but some fans don’t believe him.
Jeremy Clarkson took to twitter on Friday (April 1st) to share a shocking image of his blackened and bloodied face, after filming a dangerous new stunt for his upcoming Amazon Prime series. But some fans questioned the authenticity of Clarkson’s pic and wondered if it was all just a publicity stunt.
I survived the day. Just. pic.twitter.com/I9IB9OGwv1— Jeremy Clarkson (@JeremyClarkson) April 1, 2016
The new series of ‘Top Gear’ has come under criticism already, thanks to a stunt near the Cenotaph in London.
New ‘Top Gear’ presenter Chris Evans has hit out at the show’s former hosts, Jeremy Clarkson, James May and Richard Hammond, labelling them ‘Zippy, Bungle and George’. Evans did not say which of the former hosts was each ‘Rainbow’ character, but it seems the battle lines have been drawn between Evans' 'Top Gear' and the trio's new Amazon show.
Chris Evans and his new 'Top Gear' team.
Writing in his Mail on Sunday column Evans said: “Today I will be mostly on my travels again, this time going to Venice with That Car Show,” (via The Daily Star). "Good title, don’t you think? For a car show.”
Clarkson has opened up about his turbulent relationship with the BBC’s former director of television Danny Cohen.
Former ‘Top Gear’ host Jeremy Clarkson has said he still holds a grudge against the BBC, a year on from his sacking. Speaking to The Times, Clarkson singled out former director of television Danny Cohen, saying the two repeatedly clashed, even over the death of the presenter’s mother.
Jeremy Clarkson still holds a grudge over his BBC sacking.
“Danny and I were, and I suspect will remain for ever, very far apart on every single thing," Clarkson said. “Normally you could find some common ground with somebody but I think Danny and I could probably get on perfectly well so long as we absolutely never had to think about each other for the rest of time.”
Continue reading: Jeremy Clarkson Says He Still Holds A Grudge Against BBC Executive
£4.5 million per episode must be able to buy a LOT of old cars.
Fans of Jeremy Clarkson’s reign on ‘Top Gear’ can be assured that the new Amazon Prime show will be as excessively silly as ever, after the presenter posted photographic evidence of a car wreck he was involved in during filming in Barbados.
The disgraced former BBC presenter, who was sacked after the legendary ‘fracas’ with a producer which occurred almost exactly a year ago on the last series of ‘Top Gear’, admitted that he wrote off one of the cars he was driving while shooting the new big-budget Amazon Prime series on the Caribbean island with trusty colleagues Richard Hammond and James May.
Clarkson and producer Oisin Tymon were involved in an altercation last year during the filming of ‘Top Gear’.
Jeremy Clarkson has issued an apology to former ‘Top Gear’ producer Oisin Tymon, after settling a £100,000 racial discrimination and personal injury claim. Clarkson is said to have punched Tymon and left him with a bloody lip after an altercation at a hotel in North Yorkshire during the filming of ‘Top Gear’ last March.
Jeremy Clarkson has issued an apology to former ‘Top Gear’ producer Oisin Tymon.
In a statement issued through his lawyers Slater & Gordon, Clarkson said: "I would like to say sorry, once again, to Oisin Tymon for the incident and its regrettable aftermath. I want to reiterate that none of this was in any way his fault.”
Continue reading: Jeremy Clarkson Issues Apology To Former 'Top Gear' Producer
The Amazon Prime presenter said that reminding people of 'Top Gear's brilliance just as new host Chris Evans is putting together his own version was harsh.
Former ‘Top Gear’ presenter James May has criticised the BBC for broadcasting two ‘best of’ episodes over the Christmas period, just as new presenter Chris Evans is struggling to revive the motoring show without its star presenters later this year.
May, who will be unveiling the new, as yet untitled show alongside Jeremy Clarkson and Richard Hammond on Amazon Prime later in 2016, spoke to the Radio Times about his thoughts on the revived ‘Top Gear’ when it returns this year. He described the decision to air the special compilation ‘Top Gear: From A to Z’ episodes as “harsh”.
James May performing on the Clarkson, Hammond & May tour in November 2015
Continue reading: James May Says BBC Was "Harsh" To Broadcast 'Top Gear' Best Of Episodes
The former ‘Top Gear’ host is said to have also requested a new Range Rover, “just to look at.”
Jeremy Clarkson reportedly made some serious diva-style demands during a stay in Auckland, New Zealand. Accommodation manager Ed Coutts has spilled on some of the former ‘Top Gear’ host's outlandish requests, which included gravy-mix and cigarettes delivered by helicopter.
Jeremy Clarkson is said to have made some diva demands during a New Zealand stay.
Speaking to the New Zealand Heard, Coutts said that during one of Clarkson’s visits to Auckland's Waiheke Island, he sent a helicopter to Auckland for things like cigarettes, gravy-mix and even a Monopoly game when the local shops were closed.
The BBC series is back next year, with Chris Evans in the driver’s seat.
New ‘Top Gear’ host Chris Evans has confirmed when the relaunched series will be back on the BBC. The presenter is currently filming for the new series, after landing the gig following the departure of Jeremy Clarkson, James May and Richard Hammond.
New ‘Top Gear’ host Chris Evans.
Speaking on BBC show, 'Saturday Kitchen' with James Martin, Evans revealed that the show will return on May 5th, next year. The presenter also added that the team had "already started making the films" and that "the films are good".
Continue reading: Chris Evans Confirms When 'Top Gear' Will Be Back On Our Screens
The best Top Gear bits featuring the former BBC presenter will be shown over the festive period
There was one point in Jeremy Clarkson’s career where no one thought he would ever be de-throned from his top spot at the BBC. Fast forward a few months and a fracas later and Clarkson at the BBC seems more unlikely than Clarkson in a bad car.
Jeremy and his fracas caused all sorts of problems for the BBC
However, fans of the former Top Gear presenter will get a chance to see the lanky chap back on the Beeb as part of a Top Gear Christmas special - featuring all of the best bits from the show fronted by Clarkson, May and Hammond.
Continue reading: Jeremy Clarkson Is Back On The Beeb At Christmas
The spot where Clarkson assaulted 'Top Gear' producer Oisin Tymon in March 2015 has been marked with a commemorative plaque.
The North Yorkshire hotel that played host to the infamous ‘fracas’ that ended Jeremy Clarkson’s career with ‘Top Gear’ and the BBC earlier this year has been given a commemorative plaque by one of its guests marking the brawl.
Simonstone Hall, which was ‘Top Gear’s base for a few days during filming of the last series back in March 2015, became the centre of a media storm when it emerged that Clarkson had punched Oisin Tymon, one of the show’s producers, after an argument about the lack of hot food at the end of a day of filming escalated into a loud barrage of abuse and then violence from the presenter.
Clarkson was then suspended, and later dropped, by the BBC as an internal investigation concluded that his behaviour warranted his contract not being renewed upon expiry, and as of May the 55 year old was free to go elsewhere.
May's new show with his former 'Top Gear' colleagues Jeremy Clarkson and Richard Hammond is due to be premiered "in the autumn of next year".
Though he’s just commenced filming the much-talked about Amazon Prime series along with Jeremy Clarkson and Richard Hammond, former ‘Top Gear’ co-presenter James May reckons that whatever the BBC comes up with in their absence will be a “credible rival” for their own show.
The 52 year old former BBC presenter, who along with Hammond followed Clarkson out of the door at the network after the latter was sacked following the infamous ‘fracas’ in March, appeared on ITV’s ‘This Morning’ and said that he wasn’t concerned about the competition from their former employers, according to the Mirror.
James May leaving the BBC in June 2015
Oisin Tymon is suing the network and Clarkson over the 'fracas' back in March, which saw the presenter dismissed from 'Top Gear'.
The producer assaulted by Jeremy Clarkson in the now-infamous fracas that led to the presenter’s expulsion from ‘Top Gear’ is suing the BBC and Clarkson himself for more than £100,000 for racial discrimination and personal injury.
Lawyers for Oisin Tymon, the 36 year old Irish producer punched by Clarkson during the incident, attended the Central London Employment Tribunal on Friday (November 13th) in a preliminary hearing alongside legal representatives for the network. Clarkson, who is setting up his own motoring show with former ‘Top Gear’ colleagues Richard Hammond and James May, was not required to attend.
Jeremy Clarkson could be headed to Netflix.
Richard Hammond and James May are to reject a £4 million from the BBC to return to Top Gear and will instead re-join Jeremy Clarkson for a new project at Netflix. A source claims the trio, along with executive producer Andy Wilman are "very close" to signing a big money deal with the streaming service.
Jeremy Clarkson is close to agreeing a deal with Netflix for a new motoring show
The trio have actually been in talks with several outlets including ITV though Netflix is believed to be the preferred destination for a brand new show, according to the Daily Mirror.
Continue reading: Jeremy Clarkson, Richard Hammond, James May Close To Netflix Deal
Evans had caused a stir on social media when he told 'Sunday Brunch' that he was making a "secret 'Top Gear' film", but it seems that it's going to be for the one-off 'TFI Friday' comeback special.
Jeremy Clarkson is set to make his return to television nearly three months after he was sacked, on Chris Evans’ Channel 4 special ‘TFI Friday’ on June 12th. However, contrary to rumours doing the rounds, Evans is not making a film for ‘Top Gear’.
On Sunday, the radio DJ sparked a frenzy of speculation that he was to take over the vacant presenting spot on BBC2, after he told Tim Lovejoy on C4’s ‘Sunday Brunch’ that he was making a “secret ‘Top Gear’ film. However, the BBC confirmed on Monday (June 8th) that whatever Evans was up to, the ‘film’ hadn’t been commissioned by them.
Jeremy Clarkson with Chris Evans back in May 2015
Jeremy Clarkson could return to the BBC.
Kim Shillinglaw, the head of BBC Two and BBC Four who has the task of replacing Jeremy Clarkson on Top Gear, says the former host has not been banned by the corporation and could return.
Jeremy Clarkson could return to the BBC, according to a top boss at the corporation
Clarkson was sacked by the BBC after assaulting Top Gear producer Oisin Tymon over a row over catering.
Continue reading: Jeremy Clarkson To Return To The BBC, Says Head Of BBC Two
Jeremy Clarkson will not have his contract renewed by the BBC.
Jeremy Clarkson's contract will not be renewed by the BBC after the presenter was involved in a fracas with a producer of the motoring show Top Gear.
Jeremy Clarkson riding his bike around London whilst on suspension from the BBC
The results of the internal inquiry will be officially announced on Wednesday though director general Tony Hall is understood to have come to the conclusion that he has "little alternative" but to end Clarkson's hitherto untouchable reign at the corporation.
Continue reading: Jeremy Clarkson Sacked By BBC, Chris Evans Denies 'Top Gear' Rumours
Ofcom rules on the controversy following the programme's Burma special back in March
The BBC has come under fire after it was ruled that Jeremy Clarkson “deliberately” used racist terminology during ‘Top Gear’’s Burma special.
Clarkson and Top Gear are in hot water with media regulator Ofcom
Continue reading: Ofcom Condemns Clarkson And Top Gear Over Racial Slur
Something's rotten in Denmark
Local BBC Radio DJ David Lowe has lost his job after he inadvertently played a song that contained the ‘n-word’. He said he was unaware that a 1932 version of ‘The Sun Has Got His Hat On’ included the racist epithet. Meanwhile, Jeremy Clarkson still has his job at the BBC, despite recently having to apologise for using the same word – whether he meant to or not, bizarrely.
Jeremy Clarkson has escaped the sack once again - how long can this last?
"I offered to apologise or to fall on my sword," explained Devon DJ Lowe. "Unfortunately the BBC decided on the latter option. I don't have any quarrels with any of my colleagues. It's the system of political correctness which has turned this into a rather badly-handled affair. I think we're all too ready to bow to political correctness. One feels one is following a verbal tightrope, even in casual conversation."
Continue reading: BBC DJ David Lowe Sacked Over 'N-Word' While Jeremy Clarkson Lives On
David Lowe has lost his job at the BBC.
A veteran BBC local radio DJ has been sacked for playing a song from 1932 that contained the n-word. Devon DJ David Lowe, 68, said he was unaware that an old version of The Sun Has Got His Hat On included the word and called it an "innocent mistake."
Jeremy Clarkson Survived His N-Word Scandal.
He said BBC bosses declined his idea of an on-air apology and he was forced to leave. The BBC said it accepted that the situation could have been handled better and offered Mr Lowe his job back - he declined.
The 54 year-old TV presenter explains: "I was simply mumbling - saying 'ner ner' or something similar, anything but the N-word. It was my mistake and I apologise for not covering it up."
Jeremy Clarkson has come forward and claimed his recent racial slur was "entirely innocent."
The 54 year-old TV presenter was caught using the N-word in a clip that was published by The Mirror.
Clarkson appears to recite the beginning of the children's nursery rhyme, "Eeeny, meeny, miny, moe," before appearing to mumble, "catch a ni--er by his toe."
Continue reading: Jeremy Clarkson Says Racist Remark Was "Entirely Innocent"
Jeremy Clarkson is under fire again - this time for remarks in Burma.
The executive producer of Top Gear has expressed regret for a remark made by Jeremy Clarkson during the show's Burma special in March. The presenter used the word "slope" as an Asian man crossed a newly built bridge over the River Kwai in Thailand.
Jeremy Clarkson Is Under Fire, Again
Producer Andy Wilman said it had been a "joke referencing both the build quality of the bridge and the local Asian man who was crossing it," adding, "We regret any offence caused."
Continue reading: Top Gear Producer Sorry For Jeremy Clarkson's Burma Remarks
Jeremy Clarkson versus Piers Morgan. The gloves are off.
Piers Morgan and Jeremy Clarkson - probably two of Britain's most polarising television personalities - have engaged in yet another Twitter spat. Of course by polarising we mean hated and by Twitter spat we mean THE MOTHER OF ALL TWITTER SPATS.
In a recent column for the Dail Mail, Morgan described the moment Top Gear presenter Clarkson interrupted a conversation he was having with Justin Timberlake, Samuel L Jackson and Pharell Williams at the GQ Men of the Year awards. It went like this:
"Evening, Clarkson,' I chuckled.
Continue reading: Piers Morgan And Jeremy Clarkson To Fight In Ring After Twitter Spat?
Benedict Cumberbatch was in a fighting mood on Top Gear.
Benedict Cumberbatch has only gone and done what millions of Britons have longed to do for years. Nope, it's not star in a Star Trek reboot. It's not play Sherlock Holmes. It is, of course, give Jeremy Clarkson a great big punch to the gut.
Ok, so he didn't quite do that, though the British actor gave the presenter a stage combat demonstration during an interview for Top Gear, which aired on BBC Two last night (July 14, 2013).
When Cumberbatch joked how he couldn't do Clarkson's job - after smashing up his Mini - the presenter responding by admitting he could never be an actor, "I've no idea how to fly a spaceship or punch anyone. Or act."
Continue reading: Benedict Cumberbatch Punches Jeremy Clarkson On 'Top Gear' (Sort Of)
Showdown or snoozefest? It was an odd match up by BBC4 to pit Danny Baker with Jeremy Clarkson in an attempt to fight their way through some of the greatest albums ever made. Whilst Baker has the sort of indie reputation that makes him a darling for these sort of things, Top Gear presenter Clarkson isn’t really known for a sharp ear and a perceptive critique – not when it comes to music anyway. Surely there was going to be a bit of a lack of chemistry.
And so it proved. There was no showdown at all, just a rather tedious procession of Clarkson – as well as other guests, including Blur producer Stephen Street and music critic Kate Mossman – gave their opinions, unchallenged by Baker. Don’t get us wrong, Danny Baker is a most righteous fellow, but he didn’t bring that side of him to the table last night (February 5, 2013). The whole point of the program was to see which 12 albums would make it into the probably not that prestigious Showdown Dozen. Clarkson’s choice of Supetramp’s Crime Of The Century managed to cruise into the dozen, whilst Baker’s love of Frank Zappa saw two of his albums included.
All in all though? A disappointing show, with The Guardian concurring, writing “Where was the promised showdown? Having talked up the idea of the LP era as a heated debate between stoned music nerds over which was the best Led Zep track (Since I've Been Loving You, since you asked) or whether the Beatles were better than the Stones (definitely not),Danny Baker presided over one of the most polite discussions in television history.” Quite.
2012 saw iPlayer's requests for viewing jump enormously, by 300,000,000 views. Throughout 2012 year it received 2.32 billion requests for both televison and radio programming services, but over one quarter of those were for phones or tablets, the BBC reports.
The big hitter for the year was the Olympic ceremony as the most requested item, garnering 3.3 million requests. Not too far behind was the 2.8million requests for the banterous car magazine show, Top Gear, from Jeremy Clarkson, Richard Hammond and James May.
Continuing a trend that has developed since its conception 5 years ago, December was the most popular month for the on-demand service, but got a 23% rise in requests on 2011, which is an impressive leap. The season's most popular shows on iPlayer were Doctor Who, EastEnders and Miranda.
Continue reading: How IPlayer Is Taking Over The On-Demand World, One Tablet At A Time
Top Gear presenters Jeremy Clarkson, James May and Richard Hammond have signed a new deal, ensuring Top Gear’s future for the next three years. The deal is likely to involve a huge windfall for Clarkson in particular, with BBC Worldwide now taking full control of his lucrative company ‘Bedder 6’
Clarkson has become the highest paid BBC star, earning over £3 million in the year to March 2012 – reports The Guardian – and his company Bedder 6 made £15.2 million in pre-tax profits in the year to March 2011. The firm generated income from Top Gear live shows, DVDs and international promotion of the brand. The business is worth anywhere between £50 million and £100 million, though the details of the BBC’s takeover are unknown. Under the new Top Gear deal, May and Hammond will get a share of the show’s commercial revenue in return for promoting the show around the world – essentially, making them even richer. In July of this year, it emerged that Clarkson’s income from Top Gear rose from £900,000 to nearly £3 million in the year.
Of the new deal, a BBC Worldwide spokesman said, “BBC Worldwide has agreed new commercial deals with Jeremy, James, Richard and Andy to secure Top Gear's international future for another three years.”
Jeremy Clarkson has apologised for calling prime minister Gordon Brown a "one-eyed Scottish idiot".
The 48-year-old made the comment while promoting the stage version of his BBC2 show Top Gear Live in Australia.
At a press conference the Top Gear host compared Mr Brown to his Australian counterpart, prime minister Kevin Rudd.
"It's the first time I've ever seen a world leader [Mr Rudd] admit we really are in deep s**t. He looked genuinely terrified," he said.
"Poor man - he's actually seen the books. We have this one-eyed Scottish idiot who keeps telling us everything's fine and he's saved the world and we know he's lying, but he's smooth at telling us."
In a statement issued on Saturday, Clarkson said: ""In the heat of the moment I made a remark about the Prime Minister's personal appearance for which, upon reflection, I apologise."
Mr Brown lost the sight in one of his eyes in a rugby accident as a teenager. He still suffers problems with his sight despite months in hospital.
Labour's Gordon Banks, MP for Ochil and South Perthshire, said Clarkson's remarks were "unforgivable".
Scottish Labour leader Iain Gray said: "Such a comment is really a reflection on Jeremy Clarkson and speaks for itself.
"Most people here are proud that the prime minister is a Scot and believe him to be the right person to get the UK through this global economic crisis."
And Liberal Democrat culture spokesman Iain Smith added: "Unfortunately, this is the level of maturity and political comment that people have come to expect from Mr Clarkson."
This afternoon Clarkson released an apology for this remarks, saying: "In the heat of the moment I made a remark about the prime minister's physical appearanece for which, upon reflection, I apologise."
The BBC, as a result, have said that no further action will be taken against the presenter.
It is not the first time Clarkson has courted controversy. Last year he drew hundreds of complaints after joking about lorry drivers killing prostitutes.
He has also previously boasted about speeding at 186mph and said accused a Malaysian-made car of being built by leaf-wearing jungle dwellers.
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11th April, 1960
@SamWTotter Would have been my Dad’s 87th
Alan Parker was a truly brilliant director. So versatile. I mean Bugsy Malone and Mississippi Burning. Same man. Incredible.
@johnyrocker82 Actually, I agree with them on that.
Vote: which is more boring? Harry and Meghan or Depp and Heard?
@eyupsharpy I should be a book reviewer
Mind you, it does help that the anti American narrative of Iraq and the BBC’s position on the matter are so neatly aligned.
Fuck me. When the BBC is good, it’s really really good. Once A Time In Iraq is a masterclass.
@mascara_face We do!!
@MsMommabat I believe the correct term is “pretty fucking far from OK”.
People of America. Is everything OK? Because from where I’m sitting, it looks like you’ve all taken leave of your senses.
@saurabhdate Careful you don’t trip over your umbilical cord on the way out....
@dan_sexsmith It’s called the Serengeti Rules. And it’s fascinating.
@chrisrburgess @RSLozworth Same issue with car dealerships. They all sell cars.
@RSLozworth Yes we do
@TheSun I will make good all that was lost. Please get in touch. And then let’s feed the thieves into a combine.
Could someone else explain to this chap.... https://t.co/2xnJphm1AA
@GrumpyBastard_ Nah. My pig’s called Walter
@helenjanebell I’m glad to liked it. I’m sitting in the garden now they’re everywhere. It makes me happy.
@Chykerensa Wrong again Teaky. The rules say that but they certainly can drive.
@Just_Gmee I’ll never forget that one