UPDATE: Jeremy Clarkson Responds to Criticism Over Suspension, Top Gear Live Could be Renamed

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Since the 54-year-old British broadcaster was informed about his demise from the BBC, Top Gear presenter Jeremy Clarkson has been the subject of numerous criticisms. As expected, Captain Power has something to tell his loyal fan base and critics as well.
In probably his last column for the BBC Top Gear UK magazine, Jezza used the available space for what can only be described as a tongue-in-cheek swan song: “[TV show] recipes are everywhere. It’s different with cars. You have Top Gear and Fifth Gear and Chris Harris and, er, that’s it.” he writes.

Clarkson goes on to say that if someone wants to shine as a presenter for a motoring show, “all you have to be is better than Captain Slow, a midget, a pensioner, an orangutan and a monkey.” Thing is, the powerful chemistry that bonds Jezza, May and Hammond together is Top Gear’s backbone, no doubt about it.

Believed to have been written before the incident that led to his leave from the BBC and Top Gear, we’re told by Jeremy that: “I realized what most people wanted was noise, speed and sumptuous photography and a racing driver who doesn’t speak... So we took it up from fourth, which was the top gear back then, into eighth, which is Top Gear now.” Anyway you look at it, it’s the end of an era and all of us have to move on.

An interesting paragraph from JC's column in the Top Gear mag is the one in which the presenter shares a thought on his beginnings as a motoring journalist: “I started small, on the Shropshire Star with little Peugeots and Fiats and worked my way up to Ford Granadas and Rovers until, after about seven years, I was allowed to drive an Aston Martin Lagonda, but only with a man from the company in the back seat. It was 10 years before I drove my first Lamborghini.”

From my point of view, it’s just as right to be mad at Jezza’s fracas incident as is to be compassionate of how bad things turned out for Jeremy. When all is said and done, what can Captain Power do in the state he finds himself in now? Alice in Wonderland & Through the Looking-Glass may have an answer to that if you remember what The Cheshire Cat replied to Alice when she asked where could she go - “that depends on where you want to end up.”

While we’re all waiting for the Top Gear trio to cook up a new show concept and format, then sell it to a big shot broadcaster (ITV, Netflix and so on), a source revealed for The Mirror that Top Gear Live will probably be renamed to MPH Live or Clarkson, May and Hammond Live. The previously mentioned publication points out that JC may have a separate deal for the live shows, so it seems like the show’s Australian dates (April 18th and 19th) may not be postponed as were the four tour dates in Norway.

UPDATE: According to The Sunday Times, Jeremy Clarkson feels hopeful about the future: "I think the concept of commercial-free broadcasting is a good one and — whisper it here — I think it’s good value too.”

UPDATE 2: Top Gear Live is dead, long live Clarkson, Hammond and May Live
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About the author: Mircea Panait
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After a 1:43 scale model of a Ferrari 250 GTO sparked Mircea's interest for cars when he was a kid, an early internship at Top Gear sealed his career path. He's most interested in muscle cars and American trucks, but he takes a passing interest in quirky kei cars as well.
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