Paddy McGuinness shuts down Clarkson's Top Gear comments
Grab your popcorn, the duel continues
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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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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