Jeremy Clarkson: Greta Thunberg has killed the car show

Jeremy Clarkson blames “idiot” climate change activist Greta Thunberg for killing the car show.

The former Top Gear presenter, who is returning with another series of Amazon Prime motor series The Grand Tour, claimed young people have been turned against cars by the 16-year-old environmental campaigner.

Clarkson, 59, told The Sun: “Everyone I know under 25 isn’t the slightest bit interested in cars – Greta Thunberg has killed the car show.

FILE - In this Wednesday, March 11, 2015 file photo TV host Jeremy Clarkson gestures as he takes his place in the stands before the Champions League round of 16 second leg soccer match between Chelsea and Paris Saint Germain at Stamford Bridge stadium in London. Clarkson, the former host of hit BBC auto show "Top Gear," has apologized and paid an undisclosed sum to a producer he punched in an off-set altercation it was reported on Wednesday, Feb. 24, 2016. Clarkson was fired in March 2015 after hitting Oisin Tymon during a dispute at the end of a day's filming. (AP Photo/Matt Dunham, File)
Jeremy Clarkson called Greta Thunberg an 'idiot' (Credit: AP)

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“They’re taught at school, before they say ‘Mummy and Daddy’, that cars are evil, and it’s in their heads.”

He added: “She’s an idiot. Going round saying we’re all going to die, that’s not going to solve anything, my dear.”

Climate activist Greta Thunberg speaks after a climate change march in Los Angeles, on Friday, Nov. 1, 2019.
Swedish environmental activist Greta Thunberg, 16, has led climate changeyouth protests all over the world (Credit: AP)

The Grand Tour co-presenter Richard Hammond, 49, agreed: “I hate to say it, but I think Jeremy is right.

“Young people don’t care about cars. How many kids now are growing up with posters of cars on their bedroom wall?”

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But Clarkson conceded that global warming was “definitely a thing”.

Co-hosts Jeremy Clarkson, from left, Richard Hammond and James May attend Amazon Studio's "The Grand Tour" season two premiere screening and party at Duggal Greenhouse on Thursday, Dec. 7, 2017, in New York. (Photo by Evan Agostini/Invision/AP)
Jeremy Clarkson was sacked from BBC's 'Top Gear' and now fronts 'The Grand Tour' with old colleagues Richard Hammond and James May (Credit: AP)

He also claimed that Top Gear - now fronted by Andrew Flintoff, Paddy McGuinness and Chris Harris - would struggle to match The Grand Tour in terms of production as it did not have the budget, and he blamed daytime TV shows for using up the BBC’s money.

Clarkson said: “The BBC has to spend money to make shows for two in the afternoon, so it can’t spend as much on the shows it’s very good at doing.

“Imagine how good they would be if they said, ‘We’re not making Cash In The Attic any more’ – which is sad, because I love Cash In The Attic.”

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