Last night’s edition of QI – which is of course hosted by Stephen Fry – was supposed to feature Top Gear presenter, and general motor mouth, Jeremy Clarkson…
However, amid fears of what he said on the show, which was recorded last summer, the BBC reportedly decided to pull the episode, and instead, aired a QI that featured Sandi Toksvig, Lee Mack, and Jimmy Carr.
And when Jimmy Carr is the ‘safe’ option, you know the alternative must’ve been really bad.
However, the Sun reports that the BBC denied that Jeremy’s outspoken views – which he apparently aired freely while recording his appearance – were to blame for the last minute change in scheduling…
A BBC source said that the alternative edition being broadcast was, “nothing to do with anything specific Clarkson said.
“This is more a case of the BBC not wanting to look as though it didn’t care about the Clarkson storm.”
Jeremy has of course been at the centre of a furor over remarks he made recently, including branding suicide victims as “selfish” and saying all strikers “should be shot.”
His list of prior misdemeanors include calling Mexicans “lazy and flatulent” and likening himself to Jesus.
His private life has also been dogged by scandal since his affair with a member of Top Gear’s production staff became public knowledge.
He also issued a so-call ‘super injunction’ against his ex-wife to stop her talking to the media about him, but he later lifted the gagging order.
I’d love to know what it was he said on QI, even though the BBC source seemed to imply it wasn’t anything too serious.
But the fact is, I think the BBC should possibly be commended for their actions, because usually, when someone makes as many outrageous gaffes as Jeremy has, people are gagging to get them on a show, and hoping they’ll say something else that’s shocking…
Evidently, the QI powers that be aren’t buying into this form of cheap publicity, so good on ‘em, but still, the curtain twitcher in me wants to know what he had to say!