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Too bad,the only reason why I watched Top Gear was because of Jeremy Clarkston, James May and Richard Hammond.With anyone of the three removed the show simply will not be the same.

The only reason why I watch BBC America is because Top Gear is on it, I think this will be a HUGE mistake for BBC.
 

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Although I liked Jeremy Clarkson on the show, he finally crossed that line in the sand and as a result his contract will not be renewed (you could also say he was fired). In any business or company you can't go around punching people and expect to keep your job.

My prediction is that Hammond and May will not renew their contracts and join Clarkson in a new show format very similar to TG on another channel like Sky or Channel 4. However, if that's the case there won't be any guarantee that the show will be shown on this side of the Pond although I will say that if PBS can afford to buy Downton Abbey then maybe they can afford a new TG series as well.
 

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Does Top Gear have any value without its presenters? I don't think so.

If May and Hammond are out as well (which is the choice I hope they make) I don't think The Stig has the personality to carry the show on his own. :rolleyes:

But if I were a writer on the show, that would be my pitch. Every in-studio shot would be exactly the same as it was before. Stig standing silently amongst the audience, Stig sitting silently across from a celebrity, Stig sitting on the couch while the news things play on the little tv.

I'm sure the first episodes of the new era will get plenty of views for curiosity's sake, but it might as well be 5th gear now, and nobody gives a sh!t about that show.
 

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I for one am not a big fan of Clarkson. What I find bothersome is that his actions (selfish) affected two other people. But as usual he did not think of it.

The other aspect is that we the audience/people usually complain that stars/athletes/politicians get away with things that most of us would be thrown in jail for; yet once in a while when justice is served, we find all sorts of excuses for their behaviors. I find that interesting.

TG lasted long enough in my opinion, and lately the last series have been more about the presenters than the cars, and lacked the originality of older series. I guess they needed to keep pushing the envelop and lost focus.

My 2 pennies.
 

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My prediction is that BBC will replace Clarkson, Hammond and May with three blokes that they can keep completely under corporate control. Top Gear will become Motor Week UK.
 

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The other aspect is that we the audience/people usually complain that stars/athletes/politicians get away with things that most of us would be thrown in jail for; yet once in a while when justice is served, we find all sorts of excuses for their behaviors. I find that interesting.
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There are certainly plenty of people exactly like what you described.

I personally like him. All the things about him that annoy and offend lots and lots of folks, I find entertaining, but I don't believe I'm capable of being offended.

I wouldn't say his talent excuses his actions, but that's what you get from a guy like that, so no one should be surprised or upset about it. It's like the well overused Frog and Scorpion fable.

He called himself a tiger, but really, he's the scorpion.
 

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My prediction is Hammond and May will not continue doing Top Gear now that Clarkson is gone. :shrug:

Maybe those three will move onto a different channel. Netflix, HBO maybe? -eek-
Not only can HBO or Netfix basically allow anything they want, they would know exactly what they are getting themselves into which probably means pushing the envelope even farther. I think that could be incredible.
 

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JEREMY CLARKSON --BBC WILL NOT BE RENEWING HIS CONTRACT FOR TOP GEAR

It's official.

Transmission – BBC Top Gear
BBC releases statement on Clarkson

Posted by Top Gear - 2:07 pm on Wednesday March 25, 2015

Tony Hall, the BBC’s Director-General, has released the following statement:

“It is with great regret that I have told Jeremy Clarkson today that the BBC will not be renewing his contract. It is not a decision I have taken lightly. I have done so only after a very careful consideration of the facts and after personally meeting both Jeremy and Oisin Tymon.

“I am grateful to Ken MacQuarrie for the thorough way he has conducted an investigation of the incident on 4th March. Given the obvious and very genuine public interest in this I am publishing the findings of his report. I take no pleasure in doing so. I am only making them public so people can better understand the background. I know how popular the programme is and I also know that this decision will divide opinion. The main facts are not disputed by those involved.

“I want to make three points.

“First – The BBC is a broad church. Our strength in many ways lies in that diversity. We need distinctive and different voices but they cannot come at any price. Common to all at the BBC have to be standards of decency and respect. I cannot condone what has happened on this occasion. A member of staff – who is a completely innocent party – took himself to Accident and Emergency after a physical altercation accompanied by sustained and prolonged verbal abuse of an extreme nature. For me a line has been crossed. There cannot be one rule for one and one rule for another dictated by either rank, or public relations and commercial considerations.

“Second – This has obviously been difficult for everyone involved but in particular for Oisin. I want to make clear that no blame attaches to him for this incident. He has behaved with huge integrity throughout. As a senior producer at the BBC he will continue to have an important role within the organisation in the future.

“Third – Obviously none of us wanted to find ourselves in this position. This decision should in no way detract from the extraordinary contribution that Jeremy Clarkson has made to the BBC. I have always personally been a great fan of his work and Top Gear. Jeremy is a huge talent. He may be leaving the BBC but I am sure he will continue to entertain, challenge and amuse audiences for many years to come.

“The BBC must now look to renew Top Gear for 2016. This will be a big challenge and there is no point in pretending otherwise. I have asked Kim Shillinglaw to look at how best we might take this forward over the coming months. I have also asked her to look at how we put out the last programmes in the current series."

 

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I have spent hundreds of hours with Top Gear and Jeremy Clarkson.

There is no other automotive show as good and there probably never will be.

I hope the BBC backs down and comes to their senses.
 

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He punched someone repeatedly for ~30 seconds, unprovoked and then reported the incident himself. And admitted it was unprovoked. The BBC is publicly funded, they don't really lose anything. Syndication and merchandising sales, I guess.

You don't punch someone in the face at work and expect to keep your job.
 

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"Top Gear by Netflix" would be fantastic.

But I always preferred May and the Hamster to Clarkson -- i appreciate the humor and everything, but his attitude just seemed a bit too abrasive. JMHO.
 

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He punched someone repeatedly for ~30 seconds, unprovoked and then reported the incident himself. And admitted it was unprovoked. The BBC is publicly funded, they don't really lose anything. Syndication and merchandising sales, I guess.

You don't punch someone in the face at work and expect to keep your job.
Top Gear generates some $225 million in revenue for the broadcaster’s commercial arm, BBC Worldwide.
 

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Kudos to BBC for not tolerating bullying regardless of the impact.
 

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I enjoy TG, but for the most part, it's a variety show, and very gimmicky at times. I much prefer Fifth Gear which is all about driving cars, not dropping pianos on them (etc.), or the wonderfully detailed videos of a Chris Harris.

And I agree with one of the posts above - you can't punch someone at work and keep your job.

I will, though, miss Clarkson's humour. Remember him once saying he'd rather be a member of his own firing squad than drive the car he was reviewing (think it was a first gen Prius!).
 
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