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with all the talk about what is the future of DAC, what about the future of Top Gear..Dam Jeremy Clarkson couldn't control his temper now he is out, and he was warned many times before too...what a shame it is my favourite show!!!!
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It's a terrible shame, not exactly sure what went on so I won't post my thoughts on it, but it's a big loss for Top Gear....let alone if Top Gear is even renewed. Oh well at least previous seasons are and still will be on the CX IFE for the next few years.
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Oh my goodness. Aryelle used to watch this, I will have to tell her
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Jeremy Clarkson lost his temper after a long day of filming because they served cold cuts instead of a hot steak, a scuffle broke out so he punched the producer in the mouth sending him to the hospital with a bloody lip..It is said the local police may get involved now and press charges too
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Real tomato ketchup Eddie?
Nothing but the best! "I don't know why they call this stuff hamburger helper. It does just fine by itself, huh? I like it better than tuna helper myself, don't you, Clark?"
"you're the gourmet around here, Ed!"

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Reminds me of an episode of Hard Core Pawn and Les and his family
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the Stig speaks up.....

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Real tomato ketchup Eddie?
Nothing but the best! "I don't know why they call this stuff hamburger helper. It does just fine by itself, huh? I like it better than tuna helper myself, don't you, Clark?"
"you're the gourmet around here, Ed!"
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I understand why the BBC would fire Clarkson but I'd hate to see him go. James May has hinted that the three of them "come as a package" and his twitter bio says former TV presenter so we'll see what happens.
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Ted (A. Tupolev) will be so unhappy, he really liked Clarkson.
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As fun as TG has been, I think it was starting to get tired. Kind of run out of shenanigans.
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Ted (A. Tupolev) will be so unhappy, he really liked Clarkson.
I use to tolerate Clarkson pompous attitude as just part of the show until he started saying hateful things about other cultures and racist remarks. Also, IMO the show has gone downhill in recent years with to much focus on circus stunts and less focus on automobiles.

Clarkson crossed the final line with verbal and physical abuse of a fellow BBC employee. I don't give a sh*t who you are, you don't abuse employees in a workplace. Any large company like BBC cannot condone behavior like that and they made the right decision.
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He deserved to be booted. Agree with Tup.
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I use to tolerate Clarkson pompous attitude as just part of the show until he started saying hateful things about other cultures and racist remarks. Also, IMO the show has gone downhill in recent years with to much focus on circus stunts and less focus on automobiles.

Clarkson crossed the final line with verbal and physical abuse of a fellow BBC employee. I don't give a sh*t who you are, you don't abuse employees in a workplace. Any large company like BBC cannot condone behavior like that and they made the right decision.
Yup. Well said.
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I see 2 BBC camps 1. Bring Back Clarkson and 2. Bye Bye Clarkson. Like Clarkson it is either love or hate. Perhaps Channel 5 should grab the 3 of them and do extra episodes of fifth gear.
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The only person that I can see as a possible replacement and would never do it is Jay Leno.. He loves and appreciates cars and can be cocky at times too
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Real tomato ketchup Eddie?
Nothing but the best! "I don't know why they call this stuff hamburger helper. It does just fine by itself, huh? I like it better than tuna helper myself, don't you, Clark?"
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I doubt he would cross the pond to do it and TG - America IMO didn't measure up to the original.
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I see 2 BBC camps 1. Bring Back Clarkson and 2. Bye Bye Clarkson. Like Clarkson it is either love or hate. Perhaps Channel 5 should grab the 3 of them and do extra episodes of fifth gear.
No! I like the current presenters on Fifth Gear and their focus on the automobiles and not personalities.
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Old 03-26-2015, 11:44 AM   #17 (permalink)
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A major failure for the the BBC. Clarkson was a talented man who had clearly got anger management issues and was being worked beyond his capacity to cope. Someone should have been looking out for him.
I think TOP GEAR is like many British institutions (Dr Who, the Monarchy etc). It is a love it or loathe it issue. Personally I think they have tried to do too many shows. Their spectaculars have become somewhat formulaic. Less is often more.
Clarkson himself deserves support and sympathy rather than the approbium heaped on him by less talented folk. He proves that the good life also has a price. Hope he has some good friends in his hobby like we have here.
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A major failure for the the BBC. Clarkson was a talented man who had clearly got anger management issues and was being worked beyond his capacity to cope. Someone should have been looking out for him.
I think TOP GEAR is like many British institutions (Dr Who, the Monarchy etc). It is a love it or loathe it issue. Personally I think they have tried to do too many shows. Their spectaculars have become somewhat formulaic. Less is often more.
Clarkson himself deserves support and sympathy rather than the approbium heaped on him by less talented folk. He proves that the good life also has a price. Hope he has some good friends in his hobby like we have here.
I have no sympathy for Clarkson. He f**ked himself (and everyone associated with the show including the fans). Regarding him being overworked, that's a stupid excuse. Everyone works hard at what they do, but they don't abuse other employees. Why is Clarkson so special?
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I have no sympathy for Clarkson. He f**ked himself (and everyone associated with the show including the fans). Regarding him being overworked, that's a stupid excuse. Everyone works hard at what they do, but they don't abuse other employees. Why is Clarkson so special?
Precisely, and in all honesty he was reason #1 why I stopped watching the show.
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The only person that I can see as a possible replacement and would never do it is Jay Leno.. He loves and appreciates cars and can be cocky at times too
But Leno's not British, and I don't think the chemistry would be there with May and Hammond. He's not even funny. At least Clarkson could be amusing at times.
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I doubt he would cross the pond to do it and TG - America IMO didn't measure up to the original.
TG America tried too hard to duplicate the original show, and it was lame. Top Gear Britain started out as a car show with a bit of humor, but eventually turned into Monty Python with cars.
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The Pythons are available now nudge nudge, wink, wink..
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The only person that I can see as a possible replacement and would never do it is Jay Leno.. He loves and appreciates cars and can be cocky at times too
Jay will soon be doing his own TV show with cars I love his You Tube videos. What I love about Jay is he is passionate about cars, but he is also very humble, the opposite of Clarkson.
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TG America tried too hard to duplicate the original show, and it was lame. Top Gear Britain started out as a car show with a bit of humor, but eventually turned into Monty Python with cars.
Fifth Gear is much better than Top Gear and does what Top Gear use to do, focus on cars.
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The only person that I can see as a possible replacement and would never do it is Jay Leno.. He loves and appreciates cars and can be cocky at times too
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Jeremy Clarkson lost his temper after a long day of filming because they served cold cuts instead of a hot steak, a scuffle broke out so he punched the producer in the mouth sending him to the hospital with a bloody lip..It is said the local police may get involved now and press charges too
LMFAO cold cuts.... Really ? The producer was asking for it......
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Where clarkson goes, the other 2 will go, probably channel 5
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Where clarkson goes, the other 2 will go, probably channel 5
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They were becoming tedious, I agree. I liked the best, the fastest lap by a celebrity in a pile of Krap car. The rest was becoming childlike.
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Top Gear's New Presenter Revealed!

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I think these guys would be the perfect replacements.

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Russell Brand? I was thinking more of Ricky Gervais. The sarcasm would work well.
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I see 2 BBC camps 1. Bring Back Clarkson and 2. Bye Bye Clarkson. Like Clarkson it is either love or hate. Perhaps Channel 5 should grab the 3 of them and do extra episodes of fifth gear.
Third BBC camp 3. YAWN

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Rowan Atkinson would be a great choice too
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Nothing I have read here alters the fact that BBC management has failed again and wasted public money.
As far ad I know FIFTH GEAR is not a global money spinner.
Of course Clarkson is a t##t. But that misses the point. Having built a revenue stream based around a t##t a good management team would ensure that he was managed properly. After the loss of Kenny Everett Jonathan Ross and Russell Brand and many others you would have thought someone would have been on a Human Resources Course.
Given the incompetence and luvvydom rampant at the BBC I would suggest Stephen Fry Sandi Toksvig and Jo Brand as the new lineup.
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TV and radio personality Chris Evans will replace Clarkson as lead presenter of a new "Top Gear" line-up, the BBC announced Tuesday.

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It doesn't work for me. Top Gear was the 3 Amigos and with them out, so is Top Gear as far as I'm concerned. I tried watching the US version of Top Gear a few times and it was just an utter disaster.
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Top Gear has gotten stale over the last few seasons, maybe this guy can shake it up.
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The head of the BBC's moneymaking arm reckons its flagship motoring show will continue to be lucrative even after Jeremy Clarkson and friends' departure. "I still remain confident about the future of 'Top Gear'," said Tim Davie, CEO of BBC Worldwide.
Speaking at the FT Digital Media Conference in London today, Davie refused to go into detail about how the recent "Top Gear" controversy would impact revenues, except to say the show's revenue would continue to grow "over time."
Since its reinvention in 2002, the long-running motoring show has become the BBC's most valuable asset, a programme that's sold worldwide and rakes in huge amounts of cash for the corporation (which doesn't disclose exactly how much any given show makes). But that golden goose had its feathers ruffled in March this year when long-standing presenter Jeremy Clarkson topped previous controversies by punching a producer in a "fracas" over a sandwich.


Clarkson's contract was not renewed, and his fellow presenters Richard Hammond and James May then declined to sign up for the new series. With the trio's chemistry accounting for much of the show's popularity, the programme faces a difficult time as it goes on an enforced hiatus before returning with new presenters.
Davie stressed that the "Top Gear" brand will continue and highlighted the localised versions made in France and China.
BBC Worldwide is a commercial subsidiary of the corporation, which sells BBC shows around the world and invests the money back into the BBC. One of the constant questions surrounding the BBC is its responsibility as a publicly funded body, paid for by license fees. Davie stresses that his goal is to ensure "sustainable returns for the license fee payer, and to build a media company that can do that."
He challenged critics of the publicly funded nature of the BBC, saying, "Ask yourself, do you want commercial content or public service content? Looking at 'Doctor Who' and 'Top Gear', the programmes that we make most money from is those that are most distinctive."
Davie proudly proclaims the BBC's "towering strengths" to be "premium British broadcast drama and natural history".






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The ex-Top Gear trio are prohibited from making another show like TG for two years, so they can't just go to ITV and start up again. They may make the option to go to Netflix, which won't violate their BBC contract clause.
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I expect them to sign a deal with Netflix at some point. Like gospodin pointed out it's the only way they will be able to start something up without having clause issues.
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BBC to Relaunch Top Gear:

The BBC’s revamped Top Gear, led by veteran presenter Chris Evans, is calling on two relatively unknown names to round out the team. Female racing driver Sabine Schmitz and motoring journalist Chris Harris will join Evans and the previously announced ex-Formula One driver David Coulthard to take the new incarnation of the show forward. A clutch of higher-profile names, including model Jodie Kidd and presenter Zoe Ball, had been speculated upon in the press as front-runners for the coveted posts. Ultimately, however, it appears Evans has been chosen to be the most visible face of the brand for the time being.

Evans is likely to go head-to-head in the new year with his predecessor Jeremy Clarkson’s new show. Amazon signed a hefty check to bring Clarkson — whose contract with the BBC was allowed to expire after he was found guilty of assaulting Top Gear producer Oisin Tymon — and fellow former Top Gear presenters Richard Hammond and James May to the online retailer’s Prime service with their new car-themed show.
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New Host threatens to walk! Man, what's going on at this production??

BBC is in the process of rebooting the fan-favorite "Top Gear," but one of the new hosts has reportedly already threatened to leave the show before it goes on air. According to sources familiar with the matter, host Chris Evans has been "driven to distraction" over BBC2 controller Kim Shillinglaw's "micro-management."

It's true that Evans may not have the same free reign that ex-host Jeremy Clarkson was given, but as we've seen, Clarkson has repeatedly gotten into trouble with his extended freedoms. It would make sense that BBC is taking precautions so that an incident that happened last year doesn't repeat itself. However, Evans, who wants to make "Top Gear" a quality show, feels "drained and disheartened" after repeated run-ins with the show's upper management, reports the Mirror.

Evans has allegedly threatened to leave the show thanks to being micro-managed, but executive producer Lisa Clark and script editor Tom Ford have both already called it quits. A source close to the issue says the reason was a familiar one: being constantly questioned by the higher ups.

The show may finally be back on track, with Evans' morale restored now that Shillinglaw left BBC last week after allegedly being overlooked for a promotion. Filling her role will be former BBC1 controller Charlotte Moore, with whom Evans has a "good professional relationship."

New episodes of "Top Gear" are said to launch in May. Meanwhile, the former "Top Gear" trio is preparing to launch a new series on Amazon Prime this year.
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Latest Update and it's a doozy! Looks like JOEY from Friends will be co-hosting now!!

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The thing about Top Gear is it was less of a motoring tv show and more of an entertainment one. Chris Evans would have to consider bringing his own way of presenting rather than copy the previous format. It will be then for the viewers to decide if they like it or not.

Thing is as well, I can't help thinking TG was reaching the point where it has become somewhat "tired" no pun intended. Even if Clarkson hadn't done what he done, I wouldn't have been surprised if the programme was cancelled anyway. Wait a few years and reboot with a different format.
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New ‘Top Gear’ Drives Controversy Over Matt LeBlanc War Memorial Filming.

Top Gear may have cut ties with headline-grabbing former host Jeremy Clarkson, but its new iteration is already courting controversy over scenes filmed near a London war memorial. On Sunday, Matt LeBlanc, who was named as co-host of the revamped series in February, was seen driving a souped-up Mustang in Westminster, reportedly doing doughnuts close to the Cenotaph monument on Whitehall. Photos then emerged which drew the ire of former British military commander Col. Richard Kemp who likened the Cenotaph to a “cemetery” and said he did not want to see any clips featuring the memorial in the final edit, according to the BBC.

Incoming Top Gear host and veteran British broadcaster Chris Evans apologized “unreservedly” on his BBC Radio 2 breakfast show this morning. A Top Gear spokesman had reportedly earlier defended the shoot, saying the images taken by paparazzi made it appear as though the filming was closer to the memorial than it actually was.

Evans, regardless, said he was sorry “for what these images seem to portray. They look entirely disrespectful, which of course was not, and would never be, the intention of the Top Gear team, or Matt.”

“The images on the front pages of the papers today… it doesn’t matter what actually happened, what is important is what these images look like,” Evans said. “It does not look good at all. There have been some completely incendiary comments written alongside these pictures and I completely understand all this furor, but the Top Gear team would never, ever, do that. Retrospectively, it was unwise to be anywhere near the Cenotaph with this motorcar.”

This was a busy weekend for Top Gear filming as the series preps a return to BBC Two in May. Roads were closed in central London for two days and the commotion prompted Chancellor of the Exchequer, George Osborne, to tweet Evans to “keep it down.”


Evans, LeBlanc and four other new hosts are replacing the trio of Clarkson, Richard Hammond and James May, who exited last year after a physical altercation between Clarkson and a producer. He, Hammond and May later landed at Amazon with a new show to begin later this year.
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