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Paddy McGuinness shuts down Clarkson's Top Gear comments

Grab your popcorn, the duel continues

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As has long been the case with a show as hilariously controversial as Top Gear, its former hosts and current hosts seem to continually take digs at each other, and now we've been treated to yet another instalment in the saga.

Having left their roles at the BBC in 2015, Clarkson and his comrades have gone on to create three full seasons of The Grand Tour for Jeff Bezos' company, Amazon.

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Image credit: Radio Times.

The recently turned host of 'Who Wants To Be A Millionaire' just cannot help but take a swipe at his former employers when given the opportunity, like he recently was when the topic arose during an episode of the ITV quiz show.

Addressing Clarkson's recent critique, new host Paddy McGuinness has now explained why he was nor bothered or surprised by the contentious celebrity's comments.

Image credit: BBC.

Image credit: BBC.

In an exclusive interview with Express.co.uk, Paddy said: “There's no two ways about it, if it wasn't for him and Richard and James we wouldn’t be sitting here. So, you know, it’s all a bit of banter init. Listen, it’s no more than what we say to each other.''

After making a name for himself as one of the best comedians in the UK, Paddy joined the Top Gear roster in 2018, along with former English cricket star Freddie Flintoff, and critically acclaimed automotive journalist Chris Harris, in a new look Top Gear. And you have to admit, they're brilliant fun to watch.

Image credit: BBC.

Image credit: BBC.

Following up from his opening statement about Jeremy, Paddy continued: ''I think he’s such a massive part of Top Gear that he’s going to do that, isn’t he?''. Freddie Flintoff even says that Clarkson's derogatory comments won't stop him from tuning into the hit quiz show: ''I like Who Want's To Be A Millionaire as well. I tell you what, you wouldn't be my Phone a Friend, Paddy'', he said, whilst bursting into laughter.

''I don't think I'd yours either'', Paddy replied, before saying the following: ''Who Wants To Be a Millionaire, we all love that. Who Wants to Be a Millionaire? Us please Jeremy!'' Who doesn't love a bit of friendly fire, eh?

A worthy successor to Chris Tarrant. Image credit: Variety.

A worthy successor to Chris Tarrant. Image credit: Variety.

Carrying on with the interview, the trio were quizzed about the new series (29), which debuted last night to massive fanfare, after switching to BBC One for the first time in its prestigious history. To ensure the show continues to keep its viewers on their toes, the producers have pushed the presenters to their absolute limits this season by getting them to perform some truly heart stopping stunts.

One such stunt required the trio to drive vertically at 50mph along a huge circular ''Wall of Death'', at London's Alexandra Palace. Chris Harris then spoke up about the stomach-churning challenge, and how he was amazed at the lack of fear shown by Paddy, despite ''nearly dying''. “When Paddy's car came off the Wall of Death, he was so ecstatic that he'd done it,” said Harris.

Image credit: BBC.

Image credit: BBC.

He continued: “He had no idea that his left rear suspension had completely collapsed and the wheel looked totally broken. He was there going, ‘Yeah, this is brilliant', and you've just nearly died.”

Explaining himself, Paddy said: “I think it’s that sense of elation like, 'Thank God I’m done', the next person is up now and I can relax.'” The terrifying comments continued, with Flintoff claiming: “I saw a lot of smoke with mine and I couldn’t understand why the wheels weren’t turning.”

Considering that the presenters were causing this much palaver over just one of the stunts they did, you can't help but wonder what else they have in store for us - all we can be certain of is that they will regard our entertainment as their utmost priority, no matter if they make it out unscathed or not.

Footage from Series 29. Image credit: BBC.

Footage from Series 29. Image credit: BBC.

The first of the five episode that will make up series 29 of Top Gear can now be streamed on the BBC's iPlayer, with the following instalments being aired at 8pm on Sundays over the next one month. Haven't watched it yet? I'd highly recommend you do because I certainly laughed out loud for the majority of it!

What do you think about the new series of Top Gear? Comment below!

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Comments (27)

  • They can do what they want, watched one episode and it wasn't Top Gear. Perhapse they do a great job for others but not for me. JJR turned a car programm into an informative and funny show, even my little girl and my wife liked to watch. The new Top Gear guys want to step into the footsteps of the original hosts and try to do the same. Doesn't work, never has and never will because of the expectations those guys set. Make a different show and don't try to do the same and perhapse then, the show will be likeable.

      4 months ago
    • How would you know after watching one episode? The show is entirely different to what the “original” three did

        4 months ago
    • Which is probably why a lot of those of us who enjoyed over twenty seasons don’t enjoy the new seasons and the constant revolving door of boring hosts

        4 months ago
  • Hell, I really like the new Top Gear. It’s back being more about the cars than it has been in years (including the last 7/8 seasons of clarksons top gear). The current line up of hosts work really well together, and I like seeing flintoff and paddy develop as drivers.

    Unpopular opinion, but I’d watch the new top gear over any episode I’ve seen of GT every time.

    Unfortunately GT seems to rely more on rehearsed gags and eastenders quality scripts. I love the big 3 but unfortunately for me they’re past it, unless they make it more organic again. There have been episodes where I’ve seriously wondered why I’ wasting my time. Fingers crossed for the new specials/ series but I’m not holding my breath.

      4 months ago
    • Couldn't agree more, the company car test last night was spot on, amidst the comedy which felt really organic & unscripted even though it most likely was, there was a proper car test, I really like the s60 Volvo after that! I love the new guys,...

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        4 months ago
    • Cannot agree in entirety with your statement, the 3 hosts Paddy, Freddy and Chris have their own charm,character and relatability. They are seasoned presenters with different expertise, but I like Chris for is honest appraisals of cars...

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        4 months ago
  • I think that BBC is trying way too hard to shove Top Gear in our throats and it's destined to fail. Not because of the hosts or the format, but because BBC is really pushing the boundaries and it will blow up in their face, as per usual. Those are living people, working to make it happen. It's not a matter of if, but a matter of when. Case in point - 2015! BBC was again pushing the human limits and . . well . . somebody had to blow.

      4 months ago
  • I didn't think I would ever say this but top gear is better now than it's ever been. Better even than grand tour.

      4 months ago
  • I gave up on top gear after the only man with Charisma left: Matt LeBlanc. Without him it is a dead horse.

      4 months ago
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