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post #41 of 131 (permalink) Old 03-26-2015, 01:51 PM
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Can't say exactly what was really going on... just a steak dinner? Who knows what was going on. I see these guys drive cars at speed sans helmet, drive big rigs through brick walls, trek across harsh environments, spend way too many hours awake, and generally mistreat each other as great school friends would. At their age the job must be demanding, both physically and mentally. If Jeremy hauled off on a guy and then later reported himself and is calling on people through the press to stop blaming the person he struck, does it seem like Jeremy holds anyone responsible but himself? People are imperfect and make mistakes, especially when drained. That doesn't make one less of a man. Standing behind a mistake makes one less of a man.

Watching these three over the years has been a privilege. I rather enjoyed Jeremy's irreverence, "...because each engine weighs 600lbs or roughly the weight of one American." and don't understand why other groups seem to take offense by what he says then cite as "past bad behavior." That is the show. 3 intelligent men acting foolishly for comedic effect with the best and worst cars the world has to offer.

It would appear no resolution is forthcoming and Top Gear is at an end. While grateful I do feel I've lost 3 friends. Fingers crossed they all stay together and capture the magic in a different way.
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They should reintroduce the show with the Stig taking off his helmet... and who is it but JAY FREAKIN LENO! And all he wants to do is cruise around in his classic cars and chat about their history. Occasionally he will show off how he can use his chin as a shovel. Call it "First Gear"!

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Interesting gamble by the BBC.
But is it a gamble really given that BBC is funded more or less through tax, and they'll still reap $$$$$ from re-airing, licensing, and VOD/DVD sales for years to come.

Or they could've just fired JC to act like the bastion of political correctness only to re-hire him(at lower rate) later so both parties can save faces.
BBC(or any entity for that matter) doesn't want to be in a position where they'll be known for condoning violence nor do Clarkson want to be known as someone who can go around punching people without consequences.

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I don't think there is any plan to rehire. I read a few things saying that the relationship was already quite strained prior to this last indecent.

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"Top Gear Live" was scheduled to tour at a number of cities in the UK and elsewhere this year, and the BBC was on the hook for millions of pounds in ticket refunds if the tour was cancelled. Since Clarkson is currently prohibited from working for BBC Top Gear, they changed the name of the tour to CH&M Live and removed the BBC name, so the tour can continue and the accountants are happy.

There are a bunch of videos floating around of the three filming stuff for the tour and they've promised this will be an exceptionally good presentation. I have tickets for the London event in November.

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Eh, I like the show when they stick to testing and evaluating cars, as biased as they are.
I got sick of all the stupid stuff like seeing which vehicle floats better, or if you get there faster by boat or car, that kinda stuff.

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BBC already picked the replacement hosts. 2 dudes and a girly-girl. By looking at them you can tell the show is going to bomb.

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Chris Evans, new TG host.



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Just won't be the same without the boys. Just like you can't replce Click and Clack on CarTalk....

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And in other news, Clarkson returned to the BBC to record narrations and voice-overs for the final TG episode to be broadcast next month. The BBC said that he wasn't actually fired, but suspended until his contract expired, so he could actually work for the BBC in the future. He apparently wasn't compensated for this work, since he's not currently under contract.

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BBC already picked the replacement hosts. 2 dudes and a girly-girl. By looking at them you can tell the show is going to bomb.
Yes, you can definitely tell all there is to know about someone by how they look. Just take Clarkson, Hammond and May for example . . .

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Chris Evans, new TG host.
People over here probably don't know Chris Evans. I really disliked him when I lived in the UK and would quickly switch off Radio 1 when he was host of the breakfast show.

He's not half as funny as he thinks he is. Nor as funny as the BBC seems to think he is.

Perhaps he's improved in the last 16 years. If he hasn't then my TG watching days will be truly over.
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Yes, you can definitely tell all there is to know about someone by how they look. Just take Clarkson, Hammond and May for example . . .

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Reborn 'Top Gear UK' with Chris Evans at the helm announces air date

Will Evans be the lead host -- or the sole host?

The Chris Evans-helmed "Top Gear UK" now has a firm launch date, with the new host confirming that the program (or programme, depending where you live) will make its TV debut on May 8 of next year.

The new host told Radio 2's "Breakfast Kitchen" show that the team has "already started making the films," adding that "'we're going to America to make our first intercontinental in January." A total of 16 episodes will make up the new 2016 season, with the production time for the elaborate shows taking place months before the studio segments are taped. Typically, "Top Gear" has aired two seasons composed of six episodes each every year, though there have been a few departures from that format over the years due to various production needs.

What is still unclear is whether Evans will be the lead host or the only host. Even though the producers, along with Evans, have held much-publicized casting over the summer, inviting everyone to submit short videos, more cast members have not been named or even hinted at -- aside from The Stig, of course, a character who will very much be a part of the show despite being a Jeremy Clarkson and Andy Wilman creation.

But Evans has indicated that it's possible he may host the show alone and on several occasions has said that he does not want to try to replicate the show's old three-host format.

"We are going to do things differently, because we have to, we want to," Evans told the press, including journalists from The Guardian, at the Mipcom TV trade show in Cannes in October. "They were brilliant at it, Iím not going to do that. Theyíre the Three Stooges, they are the Bee Gees, they are and Iím not, Iím me. Iím on my own, so do I form a band or not?"



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In the meantime, I went to London last weekend for the final performances of Clarkson, Hammond and May Live, which were great. CH&M are in the middle of filming the first series of their new show, yet to be named, which will start airing next fall, exact date TBD, on Amazon.

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They were toying with Top Knobs....

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Slightly off the dedicated TG topic, but at least they have JC doing something now...
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Matt Leblanc joins Top Gear. Who would have thought!

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