Jeremy Clarkson apparently REJECTED an offer to return to Top Gear

The BBC tried to get him back but here's why he couldn't

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After an irresponsible “unprovoked physical and verbal attack”, Jeremy Clarkson found himself without a job at the BBC and without a role on Top Gear. But apparently the BBC wanted him back but he refused. Here's why...

Chris Evans took Jeremy's place at Top Gear in 2015. Following this news, Clarkson wrote in the Sunday Times saying: "I hope Chris enjoys running what, for the next couple of weeks, is the world’s biggest car show." This was at the same time as The Grand Tour was starting to take shape.

This alone was a dig at Chris Evans as it isn't easy to fill the boots of a man in his prime such as Clarkson. But later he claimed that the BBC tried to get him back after the altercation he had with a colleague which resulted in him being sacked.

He said in an interview, "I had a meeting with a BBC executive last week and they asked if I’d come back to Top Gear. Too much has gone on."

"After I’d been compared to Jimmy Savile by someone from the BBC and it was splashed all over a Sunday newspaper, how could I go back? “The spotlight would have been on me and the show would end up being neutered. It would be difficult to do anything without interference. It would have been impossible to make the show I’d want to make." he added.

However, the BBC denied ever asking him to come back and that was that. Now Top Gear is hosted by Chris Harris. Paddy McGuinness and Freddie Flintoff who are doing a mighty fine job. Clarkson, Hammond and May are smashing The Grand Tour and having more fun than ever doing so, so everyone wins.

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Comments (194)

  • Clarkson, Hammond & May made TopGear

    I’ve never watched an episode since it all happened & Just purely as it wouldn’t be as funny as them

      3 months ago
    • I tried to watch the first season of the new hosts, I got about 2 episodes in and hated it. The new hosts didn’t share the same chemistry as Clarkson, Hammond & May.

        3 months ago
    • That first series with Chris Evans was awful, the later series with Matt LeBlanc weren’t bad. With the current set up it’s pretty good. It’s certainly not as good as when Clarkson and co were on it but it’s enjoyable

        3 months ago
  • I think no. Amazon has a much bigger budget, I think going back to the BBC (despite the symbol of the most watched show in the world), things would not be the same. The BBC has fired clarkson, now it's too late, it pays the costs.

      3 months ago
  • Does that mean he won’t be coming on, then?

      3 months ago
  • Clarkson said “the problems at Top Gear just kept getting bigger and bigger”. The BBC decided to sack him, they obviously thought Top Gear could survive well without the trio, it is nothing like it used to be.

    It is like the BBC have gone up and stabbed somebody (not killed them) and 5 minutes later turn up at the hospital to apologise. It doesn’t work like that.

    I did like old Top Gear (maybe more than the Grand Tour!) but it’s not a good recipe after sacking him and not letting them do anything on the new show.

      3 months ago
    • Agree

        3 months ago
    • It is a shame what happened to the show once they left though, they’ve been through a lot of new hosts and I don’t think it could live up to the Clarkson, Hammond & May era.

        3 months ago
  • I think it's a shame Matt leblanc left, I sort of started to enjoy watching him present, Chris Harris is a very knowledgeable guy and a great driver, shame hes not very funny though, but find it nearly impossible to watch Freddie and Paddy, they dont seem to understand why cars matter to people, unlike Chris, neither are they very funny 🤷‍♂️

      3 months ago
    • I’m the same as you, Matt and Chris Harris had a great chemistry together unfortunately Rory appeared to be the third wheel. I fully appreciate why Joey left Top Gear though

        3 months ago
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