Jeremy Clarkson talks to The Sun about the BBC & the new 'The Grand Tour' series
The pre release publicity interviews for series three of 'The Grand Tour' continue with Jeremy Clarkson being interviewed in 'The Sun' a paper in which he has a regular column. Of course we expect Jeremy to be forthright in his views, he's well known for it, and he doesn't shy away from saying what he thinks in this interview, look away now if you're easily offended.
The BBC is too PC
The trio were interviewed with the paper posing the question 'What next for Clarkson, Hammond and May?' to which Jeremy's reply is certainly not the BBC!
The Sun quotes Clarkson as saying '...We’re redundant. You couldn’t possibly get an all-male show across unless it was called 'My Actual Penis'. If the programme was called 'Me And My Penis' then that would probably have to be hosted by men. But since there isn’t a programme called 'Me And My Penis' it’s going to be all women.'
Three men and their.....oh cock... (Image Amazon Prime)
It seems it's not just Jeremy who feels the BBC has become a bit too PC with May also quoted as saying the corporation is playing too safe 'There’s room to introduce more things and more diversity and all these things that other people talk about without throwing away some fair, basic ideas like three white, old, middle-class men doing a car show'.
Three white, old, middle-class men doing a car show (Image Amazon Prime)
The Grand Tour - Awfully big adventures
As we know the series will see the trio visit Chongqing, the 'biggest city you’ve never heard of' in China as Jeremy says . They will also be seen in Detroit in muscle cars and visit Colombia, where the paper says they search for screensaver pictures of animals for their bosses.
Screensaver material (Image Amazon Prime)
The Sun quotes James saying '...There’s a trip across Colombia where we have to try and get from one side of the country to another, without being eaten by any animals.' with Jeremy adding 'Actually, we went on this sub-challenge, which was to become the first programme in history to go to Colombia and not use the word cocaine.'
The muscles in Detroit..the cars that is...(Image Amazon Prime)
The future and 'Top Gear'
So what of the future asks The Sun. As we know the trio have already signed a two-year deal with Amazon for at least four specials a year. And as The Sun points out they have worldwide appeal due to their success with Top Gear, which they turned into one of the BBC’s flagship shows and biggest earners abroad. Asked about the new presenters, who are, to contradict Jeremy, three middle aged white men, Clarkson says 'A former cricketer is now Prime Minister of Pakistan so I can’t see why a former cricketer can’t drive around a corner. But I don’t know who’s coming up with the ideas. If they’ve got someone really good coming up with ideas it’ll be great'
Three men drink water (Image Amazon Prime)
On getting older
Jeremy is reported as saying that they cannot make a show that will avoid all offence to millennials, he says: 'The idea that we’re going to make a show that somehow incorporates what they want, forget it. The millennials are creating this world, presumably it’s a world they want to live in, so fine, you have this new world you’ve invented. Good, best of luck with it. There’s no point trying to make shows for them because only they can do that because only they know what they’re on about.'
Hammond looks a bit bemused, perhaps he's wondering what millenials want (Image Amazon prime)
James disagrees with Jeremy's view of millenials, saying ' I hate old people moaning about the younger generation. It’s my pet hate. It’s all bollocks. It’s just the old being bitter because they’re not young any more.'
Old men? Noooo (Image Amazon Prime)
The paper then goes on to say that the trio are no longer spring chickens, Jeremy is 58, Richard is 49, and James is very soon to be 56 (sorry James), but they have become more health conscious in recent times, Clarkson having given up his 40 year, 60-a-day smoking habit after a bout of pneumonia in summer 2017. Richard is now a keen runner though following his second major crash in 11 years in 2017 this has been on hold. Apparently James has upped his exercise by swimming, after conceding he looked like a 'baggy old bastard' while watching back the documentary he made on NASA recently.
The Grand Tea Party (Image Amazon Prime)
So what do you think, is Clarkson right about the BBC? His comments will certainly generate publicity for Series three of 'The Grand Tour' starting on 18th January, which is no doubt what he hopes for.
What are you most looking forward to in the new series? Let me know in the comments below.
Please see the original article in The Sun here
If you like this article you might also want to read my previous pieces covering interviews with Hammond and May