82 TopGear doesn't need Jeremy Clarkson

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There is no denying that it was Clarkson who transformed BBC TopGear from a national motoring programme to a worldwide sensation with audience of 350 million.

Clarkson is irreplaceable. I can't think of any TV personality worldwide, who could do what Jeremy Clarkson did on Top Gear. I don't think there is a TV personality who has the wit and sense of humor, the political in-correctness and genuine interest in cars that Jeremy Clarkson has.

But does TopGear need to replace the irreplaceable and find another Jeremy Clarkson in place for Jeremy Clarkson?

Let's not forget that TopGear is not all about Clarkson - there are these two other guys - Hammond and May, who, I believe, are just as integral to the TopGear formula as Jeremy.

If we remove one of the three, it breaks the equation, but we still have two good parts left for a different kind of a formula.

Why not do away with the political and racial jokes and concentrate on cars instead? Do we really need an anti-american, anti-public transport, anti-gay, anti-cyclist (the list goes on) alpha-male dinosaur hosting our car show?

TopGear was due for some change anyway. This is good opportunity to change it fundamentally. Stop tailoring the show for the broadest audience and make it a car show for the car geeks.

Less adventures half-way across the world, less crazy challenges with modified cars and less staged comedy. More of three guys talking about cars in a casual setting, with strong opinions, good, organic humor and no shame in discussing the nerdy technical details.

This new "TopGear for enthusiasts" would probably shrink the audience and BBC profit by order of magnitude, but it would still be watched and loved in over 170 countries and it would still be the definitive car show, only this time with more depth and focus.

BBC, if you're reading this, please hire Chris Harris...

5y ago by FastestLaps
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saxy  4y ago

It's out. All of the official Top Gear presenters have been appointed.
http://www.topgear.com/car-news/top-gear-tv/meet-your-new-top-gear-presenters

I like how the last line in the article above mentioned Chris Harris, because they did hire him (no shock really given how he's completely stopped his youtube channel).


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abcdeghi  4y ago

Topgear had its times in 1990's when tiff needle was the host.Today most of the races in TG are staged like F1 VS VEYRON.I used to watch the show when he was the host ,today i rarely watch it,i prefer 5th gear instead


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FastestLaps  5y ago

That article brings up an interesting point - BBC TopGear was sponsored by public and therefore (to large degree) independent of car manufacturer advertising money.

If they move private network, this would not be the case and Clarkson may not be able to criticize certain cars by certain manufacturers as much as he did on BBC.

Regardless, I can't wait to see them back on TV. And the name (House of Cars), if it really turns out to be accurate, is cool too - fitting and original.



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BR2+  5y ago

..Zit just me, Or does the 'Timing" of TG being over REALLY intriguing with the Big 3 not having done a laptime?....


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Flabernat  5y ago

Hahaha, BR2+, that meme is hilarious!


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BR2+  5y ago

I dont think it should be live though, If it actually is REALLY live, I mean as long as they do the same things they did in TG, Ill be happy, But that might be some type of copyright, Dunno, But BBCs rating are gonna go down the drain in a HUGE HUGE way.


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Shaggy  5y ago

Could you imagine The Stig doing the show by himself? Lol XD


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FastestLaps  5y ago

And TopGear Live was rebranded "Clarkson, Hammond and May Live" :D


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BR2+  5y ago

As far as im concerned, They can Stig there website up BBCs arse.


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saxy  5y ago

If u look at the top gear website, on the banner, the only person left is the stig


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BR2+  5y ago

Well.....Theres always Fifth Gear................


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Shaggy  5y ago

They actually went through with firing him. Top Gear will never be the same.


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FastestLaps  5y ago

bad commenter


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Mario  5y ago

poor article


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BR2+  5y ago

Meh who knows, Wasnt holding my breath, But who knows whats to come.


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FastestLaps  5y ago

Hate it when jokes imply something good to happen which turn out to be a joke and if you fall for it you are disappointed...



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BR2+  5y ago

Exactly, And new hosts wont be better, Just look at the other Top Gears, HUGELY fails because they arent the 3, Hell most dont even last after 2 seasons.

But, There is word that RH and JM will not be doing TG without JC, And there is word that a new show is already in progress, EXACTLY the same as TopGear, Without being copywritten, And a new name, its like Full Throttle or High Revs or something.

Either way TG isnt gone, Just a new name.

But i hear theres going to be 3 new hosts, Chris Evans, JodieKid, And Steev Coogan.

Or, Mr bean, Vicki Hendersen, And Somebody else i cant remember.

350million viewers...Down to 350,000..............


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Shaggy  5y ago

I know, it's the hosts' chemistry that helped make that show fun to watch.