Michael Fernie profile picture Michael Fernie 10 months ago 63
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Ex-BBC Director Admits He Screwed Up By Firing Clarkson

Even after punching his producer in the face, the ex-boss at the BBC says chucking Clarkson was a mistake

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Ex-BBC Director Admits He Screwed Up By Firing Clarkson - Top Gear

It seems that after the dust has settled over the latest new look Top Gear series, the BBC has admitted making an error. After a ‘fracas‘ that resulted in the sacking of Jeremy Clarkson - followed swiftly by the departure of co-stars Hammond and May - a completely new team was brought in to spearhead the BBC’s most successful show to date.

Despite the decent viewing numbers produced by the latest series, the ex-director general of the BBC has come out and admitted that getting rid of the brash presenter was a mistake. Mark Thompson has called Clarkson a “deeply objectionable character” but went on to say that JC was a “talent they (the BBC) could ill afford to lose”.

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Thompson went on to say that Clarkson “spoke to people who didn’t find much else at the BBC”, meaning that he brought in a new audience with his wit, charisma and outspoken nature. With the old Top Gear trio’s new show - The Grand Tour - starting exclusively on Amazon Prime in the Autumn, it seems that Clarkson and co. have made the correct call and should provide an interesting comparison to the new Le Blanc-age Top Gear.

Despite the new BBC series showing promising aspects through Chris Harris and Rory Reid, it seems that it is still missing the controversial Englishman from its ranks.