It’s been reported today that Top Gear presenter Jeremy Clarkson allegedly reacted furiously to discovering that he was being followed and photographed by a posse of paparazzi while in Australia recently.
The Daily Star reports that an angry Jeremy yelled at photographers “Why are you doing this?” when he was photographed apparently meeting up with Phillipa Sage, a member of the Top Gear production staff with whom Jeremy allegedly had an affair.
The paper states, “Jezza allegedly threatened to throw one of them into the river outside a posh restaurant in Sydney, Australia.” Read more & comment »
It’s been reported today that Top Gear host Jeremy Clarkson has bagged a deal worth “millions” by selling the rights to the show to the BBC.
The Mirror reports that Clarkson and the show’s producer Andy Wilman owned between them 50% of the rights to the Top Gear brand through their company Bedder 6. The BBC owned the rest.
And of course, the franchise makes a small fortune, not least from Top Gear merchandising, DVDs and live shows. Just last year, Top Gear posted pre-tax profits of £15.2million, and the projected revenue from the show is valued at between £50million and £100million.
However, the paper adds, “It is believed that the previous arrangement had caused problems between Clarkson, 52, and his TV co-hosts James May and Richard Hammond.” Read more & comment »
When Jeremy Clarkson opens his mouth these days, the whole world stops and holds their breath in anticipation of just what might come out of it, and today we have not been disappointed!
The opinionated Top Gear presenter has confirmed that he is cancelling the popular car show for the rest of this year because of the competition in ratings it has experienced in the past with the X Factor, or, to quote the notoriously childish motor fanatic, “fat people singing”.
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Fans of Top Gear will undoubtedly be a tad naffed off to hear that the show won’t be back on our screens with a new series again until 2013.
And why is that I hear you cry? Well, apparently it’s because the BBC fear the show will do badly in the viewer ratings as it would clash with The X Factor in the timeslot it’s been allocated.
However, why the Beeb can’t just move it around the schedule will forever remain a mystery.
Of there being no new episodes this year, gob on a stick presenter Jeremy Clarkson said, “Top Gear is a medium-sized van. Cowell is a juggernaut.”
Writing in The Sun, Jeremy continued, “Would love to be back in the autumn but Sunday nights then will be full of fat people singing… Read more & comment »
Top Gear presenter and newspaper columnist Jezzer Clarkson must spend a fortune on specially adapted shoe horns that enable him to prise his foot out of his often runaway gob…
And he’s in need of yet another today as it’s been reported that his solution to the often long waits in queues at airports could be solved by introducing “a bit of racism” in order to target “high risk” passengers.
Jeremy wrote, “Nobody is waved through any more. The result is plain for all to see. And the problem is the only possible solution is to introduce a bit of racism.
“You can’t get that sort of thing past the bleeding-heart liberals… Read more & comment »
TV watchdog Ofcom has been investigating complaints from viewers over remarks made by both Jeremy Clarkson and Matthew Wright.
In Clarkson’s case, Ofcom launched an inquiry after he appeared on BBC’s The One Show and said striking public sector workers “should be shot.”
They also responded to complaints from viewers over an edition of Matthew Wright’s Channel 5 talk show, The Wright Stuff, in which Wright and his guests joked about the murder of a teenaged boy in Scotland.
31,700 complaints were received by Ofcom about Clarkson’s remarks, while 2,358 people complained about Wright’s comments.
Of Clarkson’s comments, Ofcom said that while his remark was “potentially offensive”, it was “justified by the context.”
The watchdog added that Clarkson’s “well-established public persona” would indicate that, “his comments were not an expression of seriously held beliefs”.
However, of Wright, who made what Ofcom branded as “insulting and insensitive” remarks about the murder of 16 year old Liam Aitchison, the watchdog further ruled that the subject had been handled in a “highly inappropriate manner” and in a “thoughtless fashion.” Read more & comment »
Last year, we reported that Top Gear host Jeremy Clarkson had rescinded an injunction that he acquired to stop his ex-wife, Alex Hall, from publishing a tell-all book about her marriage to the star.
And today, the PA report that Hall described the injunction as “terrifying”, though unless it lurked behind a bush then jumped out and yelled “Boo!” I personally can’t see what’s terribly scary about it.
However, while giving evidence to the Joint Committee on Privacy and Injunctions, Ms Hall revealed that her marriage to Jeremy ended before he was famous, but she added that she “maintained a relationship” with him.
She then told the committee that she had made plans to write a book “about the effects of having a relationship with a celebrity” and she informed Jeremy that she was going to do so… Read more & comment »
As you may recall, Jeremy Clarkson – who must by now resemble a prune, so much time does he spend in hot water – and his co-hosts, Richard Hammond and James May angered some viewers of the Top Gear Christmas special by reportedly “mocking” Indians and their culture.
In the special episode, Jeremy was shown driving around in a car that was fitted with a toilet, because, he said, “everyone who comes here gets the trots.”
The team also put a variety of banners on trains, which, when the carriages moved, former “obscene” messages.
The Sun reports that Indian High Commission official Raja Sekhar says that his office has sent a letter to the BBC to “convey our strong disappointment.” Read more & comment »
As I’ve reported previously here on Primetime, publishing an article about Jeremy Clarkson having foot in mouth disease is almost a daily occurrence…
And today is no different, and this time, he has caused a kafuffle over making a joke about the deaths of 23 Chinese cockle pickers in Morecambe Bay in 2004.
While writing in his column for the Sun, about his loathing of synchronized swimming – as you do – he added, “[It is] Chinese women in hats, upside down, in a bit of water.
“You can see that sort of thing on Morecambe Beach. For free.”
In response to Jeremy’s comments, Matt Collins of equality campaign Hope Not Hate told the Daily Star, “He is not funny and all he proves is that he is out of touch with modern Britain and that he belongs in the Dark Ages… Read more & comment »
In what’s becoming almost a daily occurrence – hence the SSDD in the title of this post – Jeremy Clarkson has upset viewers by “mocking” Indians and being allegedly offensive to their culture.
Viewers complained about Clarkson’s remarks and actions on the Christmas special of Top Gear, which aired on Wednesday night, in which he was seen taking off his trousers in front of “bemused” Indian dignitaries.
The incident occurred when Jeremy was demonstrating how a trouser press worked – and while joking that the implement could be used to heat naan bread – and he added insult to apparent injury by joking about India’s toilets, their trains and the country’s history.
The Daily Star states of his many faux pas in the show, “He ridiculed the country’s toilet facilities by driving around slums in a Jaguar fitted with a toilet… Read more & comment »
As we reported recently, an edition of QI that featured Foot In Mouth specialist Jeremy Clarkson was mysteriously pulled from the schedule and replaced with an episode that featured Jimmy Carr as a guest.
And as I mentioned in this post, the very fact that Jimmy Carr was considered a safer option to broadcast indicated the nature of what Jeremy must’ve said.
And today, the Daily Mirror reports that, courtesy of a BBC up-cock in putting Jeremy’s edition of the show on iPlayer – albeit only for a few minutes – we now know what he said that was just that bad…
While talking about the fact that the suicide rate among vets is unusually high, Jeremy – who previously remarked that people who committed suicide by jumping in front of trains were “selfish” – said that he thinks that’s because vets, “spend all their time shooting beloved family pets.”
Jeremy added, “The only people who want to be vets are those who love animals, they train for six years, and then all they do is drive around the countryside killing animals… Read more & comment »
It’s been reported today that the BBC’s Director General, Mark Thompson, has defended the broadcasting body’s decision not to fire or even discipline Top Gear host Jeremy Clarkson for any of his recent gaffes.
In particular – and while discussing the issue with the House of Commons Culture, Media and Sport Committee – Thompson referenced Jeremy’s remarks on a recent edition of The One Show, in which he claimed that striking workers “should be shot.”
His other recent booboos have included branding suicide victims as “selfish” for holding up public transport by jumping in front of trains.
However, it was his remark over the strikers that attracted the most criticism, landing some 32,000 complaints at the door of BBC execs… Read more & comment »
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… Read more & comment »
Two of the UK’s tabloid newspapers have today suggested very different reasons as to why Top Gear presenter Jeremy Clarkson has recently made what some consider to be outrageous comments…
Last week, he told The One Show viewers that strikers “should be shot”, then, while writing his column in The Sun, he branded people who commit suicide by throwing themselves in front of trains, “selfish.”
The Daily Star states that Jeremy’s ex-wife has suggested that he’s making remarks he’s well aware with infuriate the public in order to get fired from the BBC, while the Daily Mirror claims BBC insiders have suggested that Jeremy is “mentally unstable.”
Starting with the Star’s report, they stated that Alex Hall – who, until recently, was legally prohibited from speaking about Jeremy – told their reporter that Jeremy is fed up of being a celebrity and always in the public eye.
She said, “Jeremy’s the same now as he’s always been.
“The problem is that now he says these things to an audience of millions rather than to a few friends… Read more & comment »
Top Gear star Jeremy Clarkson is rapidly becoming the most outspoken – and often inappropriately so – man on TV, and today, he’s courted fresh controversy by branding people who commit suicide as “selfish.”
He made his remark specifically about people who chose death by oncoming train as their manner of earthly exit, saying that they caused “immense disruption” to commuters.
As we reported yesterday, Jeremy apologised for causing an outrage earlier in the week by saying striking workers should “shot”, but as yet, no apology for his latest remark has been forthcoming
Writing for his column in the Sun, Jeremy said, “I have the deepest sympathy for anyone whose life is so mangled and messed up that they believe death’s icy embrace will be better.”
However, he then added, “Hurling themselves in front of a speeding train is a very selfish way to go, because the disruption it causes is immense… Read more & comment »