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The BBC has been forced to cut a remark by presenter Jeremy Clarkson on Top Gear due to the offensive nature of it.

Clarkson was interviewing Alastair Campbell on the latest season of the motoring show when he dropped one of his trademark borderline calls.

“I cannot remember how the subject of homosexuality came up, but I said at one point that [Clarkson] wasn’t very sound on gay rights,” Campbell later explained.

“Oh yes I am”, Clarkson said, “I demand the right not to be bummed.”

The remark has angered gay rights groups who say this shouldn’t be tolerated.

One campaigner, Peter Tatchell, said: “This isn’t what we expect from a presenter on the BBC funded by the licence-payer.”

An equally upset Ben Summerskill hit back at Clarkson, saying: “Surely the reason Jeremy Clarkson doesn’t want to get bummed is that he needs somewhere to speak out of.”

A spokesperson at the BBC has said the clip was cut due to the fact the interview with Campbell had to be sliced down from 25 minutes to nine in order to fit on the show.

Source: Digital Spy


8.00pm Sunday 27 June on BBC TWO

Jeremy Clarkson, Richard Hammond, James May and The Stig rev up for a new series of the top-rated show and introduce a new Reasonably Priced Car

James May has said that the upcoming season of Top Gear will be toned down slightly in terms of “tomfoolery”.

The co-presenter of the BBC car show alongside Jeremy Clarkson and Richard Hammond revealed the show will have subtle changes which the audience should be able to pick up on.

“It’s easy to get carried away,” May said. “It’s like drinking – you start to believe you’re funny and other people might not. Everybody wants their programme to be the biggest in the world. But it opens you to accusations of dumbing down.

“The keen observer will see a subtle change – a slight retreat from the Last of the Summer Wine tomfoolery.” He added.

The show’s producer Andy Wilman has said that the crew exasperate the BBC in their antics for the show, referring to them as “parents”.

Source: Digital Spy

Top Gear is heading to America for an all-new US version.

History and BBC Worldwide will launch the car show later this year with at least 10 episodes on the cards.

The American Top Gear will he hosted by Rescue Me comedian Adam Ferrara as well as stunt driver Tanner Foust and racing analyst Rutledge Wood.

The Top Gear brand is no stranger to US shores, with several attempts made in the past to get an American version created. NBC were the last to try unsuccessfully back in 2008.

The US version has the potential to surpass the UK original for popularity according to BBC Worldwide executive VP programming and production Jane Tranter.

“It will have a completely different landscape,” she said. “There’s a different relationship with cars in the U.S. and a fascination with customization that’s much greater than in the U.K. There’s the potential for the U.S. ‘Top Gear’ to have even greater traction with an audience.”

Source: THR

Quite often, I find myself so irritated by the Top Gear team as a whole, that I dream of making a cockentrice out of them, with Hammond being inserted into May, May inserted into Clarkson… and the whole thing roasted and served up to simpleton men in chinos holding River Island gift vouchers.

However, despite the combined irritation, the show does have moments of fun and, occasionally, truly insane television.

I think that it’s fair to say that Top Gear is neither fish nor beast. It’s not really a car-consumer show, and neither is it wholly Jackass for middle aged men. Sometimes, in the grey area, we get good TV. If it veers too far one way or the other, it can baulk.

That said, the one thing that always saves the show is the Top Gear Special.

This year, Larry, Curly and Moe went off to Bolivia to razz the crap outta three rust heaps through rainforest, desert, rivers and more. It was the kind of spectacle that sounds kinda tricky on paper, when the reality is far, far tougher.

The show rolled out in usual fashion, with the chaps playing practical jokes on each other and generally horsing around, whilst their respective cars very slowly fell to pieces. Being someone who doesn’t understand how cars work, this tends to leave me confused… but thankfully, someone always puts appropriately serious music in the clips of smashed autocatoobles and ruptured gear-crank-shift-disc and turbo-bearing-oil-doodahs to make me understand well enough to ride out the programme.

Mercifully, this engine porn is not really the point of a show like this. You expect the cars to go wrong… that’s what these shows are. The real meat is when the humans start to malfunction. At (very) high altitude, that’s when the show really showed some teeth.

As the bargain bucket off-roaders began to wheeze and rattle, so too did our presenters. And it was a Noughties equivalent of Boy’s Own. Their brains starved of oxygen, their hearts running slower than an old computer, they visibly wilted and slurred to the point where all bonhomie was chucked out of the window for fear of one of them actually dying on our screens.

It goes without saying that they would’ve had a team of medical people making sure the precious ‘talent’ didn’t end up like bleached white cattle skulls, but during the show, you forget all that with a little suspension of disbelief (which is surely what Christmas TV is all about?).

During this dizzying section came real terror. The lads drove along Death Road, which essentially, is a very narrow tow-path that goes through a mountain range with drops of a million miles down one side. Bodged crucifixes line the way, just to remind you that people are constantly meeting a sticky end here.

As someone who is afraid of heights, the knot that appeared in my stomach as Clarkson passed another driver under a waterfall… the earth slipping away under his tyres with a spiked ravine to cushion his fall… nearly made me puke. I’m talking about an actual vomiting session here, not some metaphorical one to force home a point. It was white-knuckle television.

And so, back down a few thousand meters of altitude and one machete attack on Clarkson from May later, the boys met the Pacific Ocean and all thrilled at what they’d just done. Of course, it was utterly pointless in the scheme of things, but once again, it made for some occasionally thrilling television and served as a reminder as to why Top Gear, when it is on form, really is one of the best shows on the box.

Sadly, we have to sit through some jokes about the World Wars while we wait for another.

Top Gear, once again, has bowed out with a monumentally fun show. Poking fun at everything and everyone, Clarkson, May and Hammond smashed, revved and snorted… and sailed closer to the wind than possibly ever before. Knuckles whitened through tension and fear of bumbling into jokes just too dodgy.

However, for all the fun of the advertising skit, which saw May and Clarkson showing off videos of bleeding arm stumps, funerals and more, it was the last sequence that has people chattering nervously like bipolar fathers outside a courthouse.

You see, there was something incredibly final about the last in the series. Will Top Gear be returning at all?

The last shots featured Jeremy Clarkson reviewing an Aston Martin in a cryptic, almost entirely wordless segment. Clarkson, as somber as we’ve ever seen him, looked at the Aston Martin like the closing of a chapter, like petrol cars of its type, along with economic pressures and safety concerns growing, would see an end to driving as we know it.

He then closed with: “This feels like an ending.”

While it’s easy to assume that this was just an emotional Clarkson bidding farewell to a thing he loves, there was a very strange feeling about the climax of the series. It was stranger than any Top Gear sequence I’ve ever seen.
It sounded more like a eulogy for the show itself rather than a tribute to a motor vehicle. The Beeb have been quick to deny that the show is closing shop, but maybe it’s not something that’s in their hands? Maybe Clarkson had left a clue that he was about to jump ship?
Despite the occasional lame zoo formatting and jokes that veer off toward Chubby Brown, it would be a great shame if Top Gear left our screens. There is no other show on the box that can rivet so many non-car fans to their seats week-after-week.

Jeremy Clarkson is in trouble again, over remarks he made to the Top Gear audience about Prime Minister Gordon Brown.

In a long tirade against Brown, Clarkson is said to have called him a c***. Many in the audience found the word offensive and complained. According to newspaper, The Guardian, a witness reported Clarkson saying: “The reason you can’t do that is because Gordon Brown is a —-” when speaking about government policy.

While many of the audience found it funny, some complained, and Clarkson was confronted by BBC Two Controller, Janice Hadlow, who was present at the time of his outburst. A BBC spokesperson has said that Hadlow holds Jeremy and his show in “high regard” and in telling him off she did not ask him to make an apology.

The remark was not broadcast on the show, which was aired on the 19th July.

It is not the first time Clarkson has landed in hot water over comments made about Gordon Brown. Earlier this year, he outraged disability groups by calling Brown a “one-eyed Scottish idiot”.

In a statement, he said: “In the heat of the moment I made a remark about the prime minister’s personal appearance for which, upon reflection, I apologise.”

He also caused controversy last year, when he suggested that lorry drivers were only concerned with fuel prices and murdering prostitutes. This comment prompted hundreds of complaints to the BBC.

Top Gear (BBC Two, Sundays), when on form, is pretty much unparalleled on telly. Jeremy Clarkson, Richard Hammond, James May… and the ominous Stig, clearly have complete disregard for almost everything, including the cars they test drive.

There’s a certain anarchic joy about the way the lads go about their business. It’s almost like they’ve forgotten about the car element to their show to give everyone a grown-up version of Tiswas (no, I’m not talking about O.T.T., the failed Tiswas late-nighter). As such, the show dragged people who don’t even like cars along for the ride. However, the latest series is showing something of a worrying trend. Namely, that it’s rubbish.

Previous outings of Top Gear have seen mind-boggling challenges around the snow wastelands of wherever, the salt plains of Africa and lobbing caravans into great big flaming heaps. It’s been riotous fun, filled with pithy asides and jokes in bad taste. As such, people bored and preparing for a week at work get one last coffee-spraying laugh before the weekend dies out.

That said, this newest series has been flat. The first in the series saw a tame race with a steam engine and Richard Hammond seemingly stealing Bon Jovi’s collective hair and sticking it crudely to his child-sized head. Very alarming.

Last week, the show picked up and had many, many good laughs and seemed to suggest that the opener was a mere blip. However, last night’s show was bordering on pointless. Our Three Mus-car-teers (ho-de-ho! Kill me now) mucked about in some average cars, plodded on through hurried jokes and… yadda yadda yadda. I can barely remember the rest.

Even down to the fact that the studio is filled like some underground Fight Club, with all the pretty young women shoved to the front so they’re always in shot, has made the show feel like the arm-pit end of Max Power-esque magazines.

The joke seems to be wearing thin at the moment and you can only hope there’s a couple of these lame efforts around because they blew the budget on some huge scheme to close the series with. That said, the ideas don’t seem to be as forthcoming as they once did, which is a shame because the last thing we need is Top Gear going back to the ugly Top Gear of the ’90s.

Time for this show to buck up.

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Top Gear is a seasonal weekly motor show shown on BBC 2 and Dave. The show is presented by three lively men Jeremy Clarkson, Richard Hammond and James May. The show is immensely popular in England and worldwide has approximately 350  million viewers. It contains car reviews, exciting, tense races, famous celebrity guests and sending supercars around the Top Gear test track. The show has aired a massive 21 seasons feauturing different presenters over the years and is currently the most watched show in the UK. It has won BAFTA’s , NTA’s and international Emmy’s.

Due to the popularity of the show, Australian and American versions have been announced, and there is plans for a Russian version to be also aired.  The show began in 1977 and has grown in popularity ever since, especially in 2002 since the current presenters began work on the show, and it has developed a quick humourous style. The show has also had many special editions released, including Top Gear Polar Special, where the team racing to the magnetic north pole from Resolute, Canada , Top Gear USA, where they do a road trip across the States, and other exciting races such as a Bugatti Veyron vs A Fighter Jet, and a Aston Martin DB9 vs The Eurostar. In 2007, the Top Gear team raced a BMW 330d in the 24 hour races at Silverstone, finishing 3rd in their class and 39th overall. They have also starred in Comic relief programs, doing Top Ground Gear Force, re-styling celebritys gardens to raise money for charity.

Overall, Top Gear is an excellent program full of fast cars and lots of humour, and is very popular in the UK and around the world.

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