Despite leaving the BBC under a rather dark cloud back last year, Jeremy Clarkson has come to the defence of the corporation, branding plans to reveal the wages of stars who earn over £150k “disgusting.” Under new government orders, the Beeb will be forced to publish details of its big earners in a bid to improve transparency - but the former Top Gear host thinks we’re all waaaay to obsessed with money. “It’s Tony Hall’s job, as the director general [of the BBC], to say, ‘We’re going to pay that person that much,’ and if we trust Tony Hall, and we must, because he’s the director general, then you trust him to be doing a good job.
Has all that time hanging out with mountain gorillas gone to Sir David Attenborough’s head? The veteran broadcaster has belatedly waded into the BBC Top Gear row, and reckons the Beeb was totally wrong to sack presenter Jeremy Clarkson. The 90-year-old national treasure, who was once BBC 2’s controller, reckons Clarkson’s anti-establishment schtick was healthy for the corporation. “I regret letting Clarkson go, because it’s very good to have a voice that’s anti-establishment, or so profoundly anti-establishment,” he told the Radio Times.
It’s safe to say that the beginning of 2016 was dominated with reports that the new version of Top Gear, fronted by Chris Evans, was facing new struggles and setbacks on what seemed to be a daily basis. Now it has been revealed that original Top Gear trio, Jeremy Clarkson, James May and Richard Hammond, weren’t having a much smoother ride whilst filming their new car programme, The Grand Tour, with it being revealed that May almost died during film. Speaking about his close encounter, James explained: “I thought I would drown.
According to Jeremy Clarkson, it’s because it made all those balding, middle-aged blokes watching at home feel better about their bad teeth expanding waistlines. “What worries me most is that everyone is expecting Avengers Assemble, that people think we’ve made something between the new Star Wars movie and Iron Man. “It is just three middle-aged men doing what they’ve always done – drive cars around corners, shout, fall over, belittle each other, bicker.
The BBC has obviously been brainstorming ideas for how to follow Chris Evans’ departure from Top Gear – and may just have hit on a winning formula. Well, if a photo shared on the Top Gear Twitter account is anything to go by, the BBC may well be attempting to cast Matt Le Blanc, Rory Reid and Chris Harris as the new Clarkson, Hammond and May. The photo of LeBlanc and co having a chuckle on set confirms that work on the next series has now officially started. “I am thrilled that Matt LeBlanc is returning to Top Gear,” BBC Two boss Patrick Holland said at the time of his appointment. I can’t wait for the series to return to BBC Two next year.” Former presenter Chris Evans sensationally quit the show in July after just one series at the helm.
You’d think that Matt LeBlanc would be the first person to find out he’s got to shoulder the responsibility for the ailing Top Gear brand on his own, wouldn’t you? Since Evans’ departure, LeBlanc has been brought back to present the next series of the show – after many fans decided he was one of the few good things about the show’s post-Clarkson reboot.
Clarkson, May and Hammond might have honed ‘Top Gear’ into its most iconic jeans-wearing, Mexican-baiting, bloke-bantz format, but what about those whose tenure has been less celebrated? Image credits: Rex Features/YouTube/BBC
Chris Evans has sensationally quit ‘Top Gear’ after just one series. He was the lead presenter and producer, but decided to walk away after the show’s ratings slipped to below 2 million viewers, saying: “Gave it my best shot but sometimes that’s not enough”. Bookies have already started taking bets on his replacement however, but who is in the running? Here’s the top candidates according to William Hill
All we’ve been hearing about for the past year is that Chris Evans is going to save Top Gear from being written off completely after Jeremy Clarkson was sacked for punching a producer in a row about a steak.
Okay, so all I’m hearing about Top Gear is that it’s getting bad ratings, Chris Evans is an awful presenter and Joey from ‘Friends’ doesn’t get on with him etc. etc. But if I’m honest this is starting to get on my nerves a little bit. I’ve seen a couple of episodes of the new Top Gear and to be honest it really doesn’t deserve the criticism and negativity that it is getting, it’s simply not that bad. Matt LeBlanc is excellent, Chris Harris is also very good and as always it has excellent cars, excellent driving and fantastic competitions/sketches. Yes, Chris Evans isn’t the show’s strongest link, him throwing up after driving a bit fast was comical and yes, all he seems to do is shout and awkwardly interact with the rest of his co-hosts and guest celebrities but again, he’s nowhere near as bad and as show-ruining as people are making him out to be.
The Top Gear reboot has come under almost as much public criticism as the EU referendum and the latest rumour is that former Friends star, Matt Le Blanc, is not a happy bunny. Rex/Shutterstock Amidst all the poor reviews and plummeting ratings, it seemed that fans of the car show actually quite liked the partnership of Matt and co-host Chris Evans.
You’d be forgiven for thinking that Chris Evans’ new series of ‘Top Gear’ is set to be the most controversial programme to ever grace your TV, judging by the almost daily stories emerging about its supposedly 'troubled’ route to our living rooms. You either love Chris Evans or you hate him. Feeding into the whole marmite business is the fact that Evans is being accused of bullying – exactly what Jeremy Clarkson was fired for, which makes for a bit of a perfect storm in terms of tabloid column inches.
Evans, 49, branded predecessors Jeremy Clarkson, James May and Richard Hammond as comparable to ‘Zippy, Bungle and George’ – characters from kids’ series Rainbow – in a rant defending his version of the programme. The DJ, above filming the new series, added in his Mail On Sunday column he planned to rename Top Gear That Car Show if Clarkson and Co had kept the old title. It’s been reported Evans has been so dictatorial in the lead up to the launch of the new Top Gear his behavior was the reason for the early exits of producer Lisa Clark and script editor Tom Ford.
Thousands of social media users utilized their 140 characters to congratulate Matt LeBlanc as news broke yesterday that he was joining BBC’s Top Gear – but former presenter Jeremy Clarkson ignored the trend. In fact, while Matt LeBlanc and the Top Gear team celebrated with a round of drinks, Jeremy Clarkson was rubbing shoulders with… the police. The 55-year old shared a photo on Twitter of a car pulled over, while officers appeared to take the drivers details.
There’s no denying that Top Gear bosses had quite a difficult 2015 when their hit BBC Two programme was thrown into chaos after host Jeremy Clarkson reportedly punched a producer in the face following a “fracas” over a cold meat platter. With the Beeb left with no choice but to sack the star, co-hosts Richard Hammond and James May also left and producers had to find themselves a brand new host to carry the show. 49-year-old Chris Evans was the lucky one to nab the prestigious role, and now he admits that when he first joined Top Gear the atmosphere in the office “felt like Armageddon”.