By on March 10, 2015

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Following an unspecified “fracas”, the British Broadcasting Corporation has suspended Top Gear star Jeremy Clarkson and canceled this Sunday’s episode of the show. Mr. Clarkson, an actor and personality who portrays a car enthusiast on Top Gear along with two other actors who couldn’t hold up the ass end of a regional SCCA autocross if they had a GT-R Nismo and an extra day to practice the course, has a history of controversial statements, one of which may have led to this suspension.

The Minitrue report on Clarkson’s dismissal makes reference to a warning he received concerning “racist statements”. Those TTAC readers who are currently wearing an “I Can’t Breathe” shirt in the basements of their parents’ gated-community homes should be aware that “racist statement” means something different in the UK than it means in the US. Here in America, “racist statement” is a term used to refer to the kind of stuff that white kids at Oberlin do because all the actual racists in the area died of old age around the time that Gerald Ford fell down a set of airplane exit stairs.

In the UK, “racist statement” means “anything that doesn’t meet the principles of IngSoc”, up to and including having the temerity to rev the engine of your Lotus Esprit at a stoplight in the approximate presence of a Muslim immigrant. So it’s in no way plain that Clarkson called for the restoration of slavery or disrespected Haile Selassie I or anything like that. He might have revved an engine or looked in a certain direction or something like that. We’ll keep you posted on this critical story, with the reassurance that Mr. Clarkson will continue to be very tall, very wealthy, and absolutely unfit to advise you on your next automobile purchase.

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217 Comments on “Jeremy Clarkson Suspended From “Top Gear”...”


  • avatar
    28-Cars-Later

    “So it’s in no way plain that Clarkson called for the restoration of slavery or disrespected Haile Selassie I or anything like that.”

    Obscure references such as this… that’s gold Jerry, gold!

    • 0 avatar
      jim brewer

      What the hell are you talking about Baruth?

      • 0 avatar
        28-Cars-Later

        It’s a Seinfeld reference. Jack’s reference was to Haile Selassie I, who was Emperor of Ethiopia.

        http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Haile_Selassie

        • 0 avatar
          Arthur Dailey

          @28cars, that soup just counted as a dinner.

        • 0 avatar
          Lorenzo

          Haile Selassie is now a Seinfeld reference? Did they take out the part in the history books about the League of Nations (which was nothing like the League of Super-Heroes)? The last time I saw him on TV was when he attended John F. Kennedy’s funeral – he was standing next to General Charles DeGaulle at Arlington. What other parts of history don’t exist unless they’re mentioned in a TV sitcom?

          • 0 avatar
            28-Cars-Later

            The Seinfeld reference is: “that’s gold Jerry, gold!”

            http://seinfeld.wikia.com/wiki/Kenny_Bania

            I’m complementing Jack’s obscure reference, that’s what was happening.

      • 0 avatar
        jim brewer

        Yeah, I know who Hailie Selassie was. My question is, what does that have to do with anything at all? If you have no additional knowledge whatsoever about what is going on, why include an embarrassing rant for no reason? Provide a link and move on.

    • 0 avatar
      Pig_Iron

      It went better for Haile Selassie I, than Emperor Tewodros II. TTAG dwellers probably know why. Or not.

    • 0 avatar

      The spirit of Jah is with us !

      TG is great because I love watching them pound the tar out of supercars of all sorts. Too often these are treated like faberge eggs. Watching clarkson use a $150k Mercedes like a ratty 68 Camaro is great.

      I also like how they will blast cars, too. Ten worst cars episode ? Hysterical.

      Clarkson’s a clown. That is his job, casual racism not withstanding. Not acceptable, but actually hitting a producer (your boss) is a far sight beyond a few dumb comments.

      Only part that falls flat is when they get too silly with modded cars and “challenges”

  • avatar
    Lou_BC

    He must of had a licence plate that disrespected ISIL.

  • avatar
    shadow mozes

    Dayum.

  • avatar
    jmo

    I wonder what their contractual obligations are? Being the worlds most popular television show I’m certain some other company like ITN would pick them up and have “Sixth Gear” pick up where Top Gear left off.

    • 0 avatar
      kmoney

      Yeah, even though this show is getting somewhat stale, it must still be a tentpole for the BBC. I’m guessing this gets resolved in the near future and the show goes on. IIRC, BBC does own the rights to the show though so who knows if it would go to another network.

  • avatar
    CoreyDL

    What am I supposed to do on Monday evening when I eat dinner, if I can’t watch the previous evening’s Top Gear? Unacceptable!

  • avatar
    DeadWeight

    Top Gear has had more than a few AWFUL episodes during the last two seasons (as in, quasi “jump the shark” level bad).

    It makes me wonder if BBC is now reconsidering how valuable and for how many future “miles” the franchise will be the golden goose it once was, and given the many controversies with Clarkson, take advantage of this moment to shake things up a bit more permanently.

    On a somewhat related note, does anyone else here feel as if we’ve reached saturation regarding supercars, hypercars, etc., of the “500,000 to 840,000 pound sterling” level of late, so much so that each new one reviewed by any show or publication is a total yawn fest?

    Honestly, I am much more interested in almost any attainable-to-the-masses vehicle than just about any of the zillion hyper-super-amazement-cars being churned out in the same basic shape and with the same or similar specs and technology in Italy, Germany, Sweden, England, etc. as of late.

    • 0 avatar
      TrenchFoot

      Agreed. I prefer Regular Car Reviews to Top Gear anymore. Mr. Regular packs more entertainment into 6 minutes than Clarkson can in 60.

      • 0 avatar
        gtemnykh

        Yep, hearing the prices and stats on whatever latest lambo/ferrari top gear is drifting around their track, I just tune out.

        My favorite has always been “Wheeler Dealers,” especially older episodes when they were on a 1000 pound budget.

        • 0 avatar
          Jean-Pierre Sarti

          Yes Wheeler Dealers is cool to watch especially to see what a nightmare some cool cars can be to work on.

          Plus who doesn’t love a guy named Edd,with two d’s!, China who is petty good turning his own wrenches and seems to always look like Big Bird driving a Power Wheels when they go out for the celebratory drive in the end.

          • 0 avatar

            I love Wheeler Dealers. I believe the season finale airs tomorrow here in the States.

            Top Gear, as a whole, is far more interesting when it reviews regular cars, and downright entertaining when it makes fun of older cars. The supercar review is usually the part I skip.

          • 0 avatar
            boozysmurf

            RCR, for sure, has been doing great things.

            I have been really enjoying (when (rarely) it’s on) Fifth Gear. They seem to have adopted the “old” Top Gear format: more normal cars, more feature testing, and shorter, more enthusiast-oriented topics/stories (rather than off-the-wall adventures).

            Apparently, I need to check out Wheeler-Dealers.

      • 0 avatar
        redav

        TrenchFoot, agreed.

        It’s also why jalopnik and many other car sites suck.

    • 0 avatar
      Ryoku75

      I feel that we’ve reached that saturation, I can only watch so many positive, glowing, repetitive reviews about the latest Ferrari or Lambo. I’d much rather watch them compete in race-spec, with real drivers.

      You’re not kidding with the latest TG episodes though, some have been amusing, others feel like the really old episodes where they’d just grab the latest car and talk about how great it was. The sound effect departments a bit of a joke too when you hear the same stock effect repeated 3 times in a row.

    • 0 avatar
      joeaverage

      Yes. Too many supercars. As I won’t likely own one, they are less interesting to me than they were (to me) in 1982.

      • 0 avatar
        Ihatejalops

        Their best reviews were when they did the mass market cars like the Skoda, Ford Fiesta. They’re usually funny and point out some good parts of the car.

    • 0 avatar
      bunkie

      “does anyone else here feel as if we’ve reached saturation regarding supercars, hypercars, etc., of the “500,000 to 840,000 pound sterling” level of late”

      Good lord, DW, I’m finding myself agreeing with you quite a bit these days. Watching TG last night, the car that made me most want to go out and spend money was the original MX-5 briefly shown in May’s piece about the new model.

      • 0 avatar
        DeadWeight

        Hammond driving and pontificating on the new MX-5’s virtues & vices (even in the lowest power 1.5 liter version) was far & away the best part of Episode 7, IMO.

    • 0 avatar
      Nick 2012

      +1 to wheeler dealers. Fifth Gear’s recent episodes are pretty good and 3 actual racing drivers host. They also generally deal with cars and issues real care about. The racing driver vs police driver segment was quite good and involves blasting through a red light well north of 100 mph and highlights the gap in US emergency vehicle operator driver training.

      Top Gear’s best days are behind it as much as it pains me to say.

    • 0 avatar

      I’m with you on cars that cost more than the average household income in the US.

    • 0 avatar
      56BelAire

      Top Gear & supercars………………ehhhh.

      Wheeler Dealers………..luv

    • 0 avatar
      koshchei

      Agreed. The closest I come to supercars these days is Wheeler Dealers, and only to see the innovative (and sometimes downright creative) ways that Edd China manages to get the temperamental shitboxes back on the road.

    • 0 avatar
      TrailerTrash

      Are you joking!?
      The show a couple weeks back with fastest self designed ambulances was epic!
      And they are usually extremely entertaining.

      PLus…lighten up here. These guys give each other a lot of hell. Clarkson digs at himself constantly! Folks love this show because of their ability to make fun of themselves all the time.

      Why all the hate here????

      • 0 avatar
        snakebit

        Why all the hate?

        I was always there for some us, but we felt sane people could see through the simple entertainment show aka Jeremy Clarkson’s Top Gear.

        Also, I’ve never warmed to Clarkson and his bellacose(sp) personality and bully pulpit(emphasis on bully). I’ve been out of middle school for a while, and I put intimidation by bullys in the past when I left. Really the only Top Gear shows I’ve liked were ones when Clarkson was usurped by his guests, people like Eddie Izzard and Jay Leno. Allowing Clarkson to perform as world arbitor of automotive taste, he might as well be broadcasting in Portuguese without subtitles, I don’t understand peoples permission to give him that free reign.

        I don’t know what the disposition of Top Gear and Clarkson becomes yet. I won’t be watching the show whatever it morphs into. I’ll stay a fan of Jay Leno’ Garage, I know how Jay came about his expertise because while I didn’t know Jay, I was a frequent visitor to Foreign Motors in Boston, where Jay was a Rolls Royce tech in the 70’s, and I know that with Jay, the cars are the personalities and entertainment, Jay is happy to play second banana to them.

        To those who were really fond of Top Gear and Clarkson, if it turns out that you’re losing the show, I’m sorry for you. I’m not feeling sorry for Jeremy.

      • 0 avatar
        CoreyDL

        That ambulance episode was quite possibly the worst in the history of new Top Gear.

  • avatar
    Arthur Dailey

    Jack, can you say “schadenfreude” 3 times while clicking your heels together?

    Clarkson is what every auto ‘journalist’ dreams of becoming a very wealthy, very powerful, brand of his own who can actually call out and stare down auto companies.

    Hammond has some daredevil credentials.
    May might just actually be ‘the most interesting man in the world’ with his many different ventures and interests.

    As for recommending a car, well you are correct I would not generally trust their judgement on this.

    But for entertainment value they are unparalleled. Even the females in my family eagerly watch each Top Gear (UK) episode. My youngest gained some esteem in her class when she was able to identify an Aventador when her teacher offered an extra mark to any student who could ‘name that car’.

    • 0 avatar
      Jack Baruth

      “Clarkson is what every auto ‘journalist’ dreams of becoming a very wealthy, very powerful, brand of his own who can actually call out and stare down auto companies.”

      If I had to be any British entertainer at the height of his career, I’d want to be Jimmy Page.

      For the record.

      • 0 avatar
        Lie2me

        John Lennon

        (sans Yoko)

        • 0 avatar
          ClutchCarGo

          If you count those born in England, I’ll go with Bob Hope. At his peak he topped every entertainment medium around.

          • 0 avatar
            Lie2me

            What was his #1 Billboard hit single?

          • 0 avatar

            Bob Hope’s comedy was way too safe. An entertainer yes, but not a great comedian. Yeah, it bugged me that his elbow in the ribs arched eyebrow risque stuff was cool for prime time but that Lenny Bruce got arrested for using bad words.

            It’s probably not so well known today, but Hope made a huge fortune in real estate in southern California, maybe more than he made in show business. He was very prescient in that regard, understanding how the Golden State would grow in the 20th century.

          • 0 avatar
            bunkie

            “What was his #1 Billboard hit single?”

            Off the top of my head, I’d say “Thanks for the Memories”. Billboard didn’t exist at the time, so we’ll have to settle for it having won an Academy Award.

          • 0 avatar
            Vulpine

            “What was his #1 Billboard hit single?”

            Thanks for the Memories.

          • 0 avatar

            “What was his #1 Billboard hit single?”

            Well, though he made a running joke about never winning an Oscar, the song Bob Hope performed with Shirley Ross in The Big Broadcast of 1938, Thanks For The Memory won that year for best original song and is #63 on the American Film Institute’s list of top film songs. Hope was a decent singer and dancer. Old school vaudevillian.

          • 0 avatar
            Lie2me

            Of course, I just couldn’t remember it ;-)

          • 0 avatar
            gzuckier

            So he didn’t have audacity?

          • 0 avatar
            Jeff Waingrow

            Sheer coincidence that Frank Rich writes about Hope in the current New York Review of Books. The guy was apparently very shrewd but couldn’t ad lib something funny if his life depended on it. Couldn’t even make small talk. But what comic timing he had. And could ham it up in movies with Crosby, etc. pretty well. I’d rather be Jimmy Page too, or maybe Pete Townsend.

          • 0 avatar
            ClutchCarGo

            Ronnie, I don’t agree that his comedy was too safe, at least during his heyday. His double entendre material was hot stuff for the 30s, 40s and 50s. He knew how far to push, and while Lenny’s genius was pushing hard, it ended up ruining him. Where he failed was not moving with the times and culture in the 60s. He stuck with what he thought was his audience and therefore failed to stay relevant for a new generation. I was stunned as a kid by the Road pictures, where he broke the 4th wall and played a scoundrel with lots of self-deprecating material. I just wish that he would have retired or kept up with the times.

          • 0 avatar
            koshchei

            Bob Hope was a form of capitol punishment, not an entertainer.

          • 0 avatar
            Russycle

            Ronnie, re Hope’s real estate investing acumen, I read it was really dumb luck. His brother sold real estate, and Hope liked to throw money his way to keep him in the black. Ended up working out very well for both of them in the end.

        • 0 avatar
          56BelAire

          Mick Jagger

      • 0 avatar
        05lgt

        The worlds best cover bands lead plagiarist? (Not actually knowledgable, just some crap I read and didn’t care about). I’m pretty sure they all qualify as enthusiasts on thier own dime and time. Not all enthusiasm is owened by gentleman racers.

      • 0 avatar
        Zykotec

        I more or less agree with Arthur here, and Jeremy Clarkson is (or was) clearly a car enthusiast, even if he’s not a very good driver(which he has hardly ever tried to hide either, they actually make a huge point of this quite often.
        I would agree that in the later years (at least for 6 or 7 seasons) the three hosts have become more or less a parody of their original selves, and you could certainly call them actors by now, but Clarkson still continues to be berated and punished for stuff that is clearly done ‘in character’ even if he’s not following a pre-written script.
        (They all seem to be quite different and even borderline serious in other programs they make.)
        As for height of his career, nah, that is a long long time ago now.(ok, being the first to drive to the NorthPole was still an awesome feat)
        Page or Clarkson, I’d have a hard time choosing tbh.

        • 0 avatar
          notapreppie

          I think Clarkson’s biggest issue, is that his satirical parody version of himself is a little too subtle for most people to catch. As a result, they think it’s him being an ass. Additionally, he’s pissed off enough people that non-issues like the never-aired “Eeny, Meeny, Miney, Moe” clip are made into issues.

          When somebody has the public opinion he has, there’s very little sympathy and leeway for real screw-ups (like allegedly punching producers).

          Honestly, I find him to be fairly brilliant in his offensiveness because he’s shining a light on the racism, bigotry, etc that nobody wants to talk about or admit still exists (all the while OFCOM, et al try to stamp out any evidence that DOES still exist).

          • 0 avatar
            joeaverage

            You nailed it. It is very subtle, very dry humor. This makes more sense the more British TV you watch.

            I’d like to see a variety of JC stand-ins from time to time. Jay Leno for example.

            LOVE Wheelers and Dealers. Fifth Gear too but it seems to have faded away on Hulu. All they have are old episodes.

      • 0 avatar
        DeadWeight

        I agree with Page, and even though I’m a huge LZ fan, but not quite as much a Queen fan (they’re great, just not LZ great), I have to tip my honorable mention hat to Brian May (not only a great guitarist, but totally underrated from a historical standpoint, too).

        On the drums, Keith Moon, baby!

        • 0 avatar
          bunkie

          And, for the record, how many lead guitarists hold a doctorate in astrophysics? Although Jeff “Skunk” Baxter is a respected defense policy analyst.

          I’m a huge KM fan.

        • 0 avatar

          Ginger Baker says that Moon couldn’t really keep time (but then he thinks nobody can keep time like he can).

          And, to combine some interests of mine, Brian May is one of the world’s experts on vintage 3D photography and owns the London Stereoscopic Company. He’s also an inspiration to anyone who has ever taken a soldering iron to an electric guitar.

          http://www.londonstereo.com/

          • 0 avatar
            bunkie

            Yeah, Moon couldn’t keep time. He made it a large part of his charm. Baker is one of my *other* favorite drummers. Both were madmen who played the *drums* (toms), not the crash cymbals.

            Brian May is the Bruce McLaren or Jim Hall of guitarists.

          • 0 avatar

            “Brian May is the Bruce McLaren or Jim Hall of guitarists.”

            So who would be the Nat Daniel/Danelectro and Valco of cars?

            I think it’s cool how the Danelectro and Res O Glas guitars were developed to be inexpensive alternatives to traditional wood guitars but are now rather collectible in part because of their unique tones.

      • 0 avatar

        “at the height of his career”

        Which was, as they say, pretty high. I’m not sure that you could handle that amount of opiates without working up to it. If I recall, you got off of your pain meds pretty soon after your accident last year.

        Imagine how terrible it would be to be an old man and realize that all the great things (outside of family) you achieved took place when you were a young man? Would you want the high point in your life to be an athletic championship?

        • 0 avatar
          bunkie

          “Imagine how terrible it would be to be an old man and realize that all the great things (outside of family) you achieved took place when you were a young man? ”

          This nails it. At 59, I believe that my best chapters have yet to be written. While I would have loved to experienced things that I missed, there’s no one else I would rather be.

      • 0 avatar
        Arthur Dailey

        Jack,
        Clarkson has gigged with Alex James, Stevie Winwood and Elvis Costello to name a few.
        Doesn’t that trigger some jealousy?

      • 0 avatar
        racebeer

        Well Jack, having been on a drumset for over 50 years, I’ve got to go with John Bonham here (minus the early death …….)

      • 0 avatar

        I have never heard of Jimmy Page, but I watched a few Top Gear episodes.

      • 0 avatar
        koshchei

        Not Alister Crowley?

      • 0 avatar
        CanuckGreg

        #MudsharkIncident
        #SmackJunkie

      • 0 avatar
        beefmalone

        You want to kidnap & rape 14yr old girls? :D

    • 0 avatar
      MK

      Hah, a rare “agree on all counts” to Mr Dailey.

      It’s an entertainment show that happens to have cars in it. Kinda like ttac is a forum for curmudgeons that also occasionally discusses automobiles.

      Yeah, it’s beginning to repeat itself a bit but there’s not even a close second place with respect to the content and host interaction. Watching the US top gear is just dreadful and depressing.

      Likewise it’s one of the few TV shows both my wife and our 9 year old all enjoy watching together.

      • 0 avatar
        319583076

        “…ttac is a forum for curmudgeons that also occasionally discusses automobiles.”

        QOTY right here.

        • 0 avatar
          -Nate

          Jack Said ” If I had to be any British entertainer at the height of his career, I’d want to be Jimmy Page.

          For the record.”

          What about George Formby ? .

          -Nate

          • 0 avatar
            Arthur Dailey

            George Formby, my grandfather’s 2nd favourite entertainer.

            @MK thanks and well said about why in many ways TTAC replicates Top Gear’s strengths.

            And Jack may be protesting too much when he doesn’t admit to wanting to jam with Stevie Winwood. By the way, if my memory is correct, Clarkson has also jammed with Brian May, husband to the great Anita Dobson of EastEnders fame.

  • avatar
    CJinSD

    On the one hand, good riddance to bad garbage. Top Gear stinks on ice, and the world is a less insipid place without it. OTOH, BBC is positively Grubered for throwing away a valuable asset due to petty reasons.

  • avatar
    Timothy

    It’s entertainment, not car buying advice. Yes the show has gotten a wee stale in places, but it still puts a smile on my face the second the opening notes of Jessica are played. Probably always will. What am I left with as an alternative? Motor Week?

    Hey that reminds me; can we start a petition and send it to the geniuses that run Motor Week and tell them that under penalty of death no more music can be played during the reviews of the cars.

    I was watching the Stingray review from a few weeks ago and the background music was so effing loud I couldn’t hear the sound of the car… which is what they were talking about!

    Stupid.

    • 0 avatar
      joeaverage

      “What am I left with as an alternative? Motor Week?” Or Top Gear USA.

      Either way – you nailed it. I can’t get interested in the personalities on the TG-USA series. Wish I could. There are some interesting YouTube series out there to watch but none come close to TG-UK.

      • 0 avatar
        sgeffe

        Tried TG-USA for a couple episodes, then they lost all respect when they destroyed a ’70 or ’71 Cutlass SX coupe in one of their stunts (drilled a hole in the roof and filled the poor car up with water to see how long it could run around a track before everything shorted out) — car wasn’t Concours-quality, but was maybe a few thousand dollars of NOS parts shy of showing nicely. (’68-’72 “A”-cars are getting more valuable all the time.)

        • 0 avatar
          CoreyDL

          They ruined a Roadmaster Estate (I think it was a 96) and a Fiero that same episode!

          Also, that’s the episode where Italian guy gave the short history of Oldsmobile with all the incorrect facts.

    • 0 avatar
      JMII

      Same here. I love Top Gear because its funny. My wife likes it too. So much so she has started identifying cars and calling them “rubish”. Maybe they should just replace the Ape and let Capt Slow and the Hammster continue on. However the show would lose all its chemistry.

      I’ve heard the YouTube series called “Road Kill” is really good. Time to fire up the Apple TV I guess.

  • avatar
    NoGoYo

    While I would be very sad if Hammond or May left…I’m not sure I’d miss Jeremy Clarkson.

    Hammond has that same kind of giddy childish enthusiasm for cars without the general unpleasantness of Clarkson, and watching some of the specials with James May has given me a lot more appreciation for him. Like the fantastic Cars of the People special.

    • 0 avatar
      CoastieLenn

      There’s a certain amount of “toeing the line” humor that Jeremy brings to the show that the other presenters lack. Honestly, if May and Hammond did the show without Jeremy stirring the pot a bit, I might as well find myself watching MotorWeek. I love TG for the cars, but I also find great pleasure in the shinanigans.

      • 0 avatar
        NoGoYo

        Jeremy can be very funny, yes, but sometimes you just get tired of his mean-spirited nature. Constantly sabotaging Hammond and May in the challenges does get old.

    • 0 avatar
      CoreyDL

      I liked the COTP special very much, except for the part where they destroyed a 2CV for no particular reason, and then the conclusion – which was half-assed.

      The parts about Germany, and the Fiat 124 were fascinating.

    • 0 avatar
      joeaverage

      +1 NoGoYo.

  • avatar
    wmba

    Well at least I now know who Baruth is jealous of. In spades.

    Yet another diatribe like the dissing of other automotive web sites four or five years ago, and the repeating hissy fits about various Porsches. It’s all highly personal.

    Clarkson has been “disciplined” before by the Beeb. Entirely unrepentant he proceeds as before. With his Mum the creator of Paddington Bear and thus immensely rich, he really couldn’t care less what some unknown American driving instructor thinks about him. He couldn’t even care less what 20 million tut-tutting Mrs Smiths think back home.

    Other than to have a bit of a rant at perceived personal injustices at not having been “discovered”, I don’t know what the point of these Baruthian insults is. I really don’t. Am I supposed to excise Clarkson from my mind? Or what, exactly?

  • avatar
    Lie2me

    Oh no, all this bad publicity will absolutely ruin his career and cause the shows ratings to plummet. This is just awful

  • avatar
    Ryoku75

    “and absolutely unfit to advise you on your next automobile purchase”

    He advised that people buy the Volvo 850 and gave it a positive review, same for the original New Beetle, that is all I’ll say about his “advice” on car purchasing.

  • avatar
    Albino Digits

    I don’t read TTAC to get hyper-biased vitriol such as this. Your rants might be okay if they were entertaining (like Clarkson’s often are), but I’m sick of your holier-than-thou attitude, Baruth, and by writing this you are outing yourself as a less-than-tolerant individual.

  • avatar
    Alfisti

    Top gear means something else to me, in a western world it feels as though men have been shaped and morphed into creatures that barely resemble their true selves as the women folk demand business shirts, polite conversation, fashion knowledge and the general sense of sophistication most blokes don’t really want to be at heart.

    Top gear has three blokes being … well …. blokes. A bit silly at times but bags of fun and all the while bouncing off of the fun of other blokes.

    It’s a refreshing change from the urban stranglehold the average modern male is forced to ensure.

    • 0 avatar
      DeadWeight

      I’m a total free speech hawk (nothing ever good ever came of suppressing even the most vitriolic speech), and am criticizing TG more for their scripted, formulaic, thin wearing plot,are other than any possible thing Clarkson did or didn’t say.

      • 0 avatar
        Lou_BC

        The scripting has become heavy handed and all too obvious. The Patagonia special was all too predictable. Their ambulance show was too predictable as well.
        The episode with the VelociRaptor should of been focused much more on the trucks. How many f–in’ times did Hamster mention bears or how cold it was?

        Maybe that is why Jeremy Clarkson had a falling out, he is sick and tired of the same old recipe. Even action stars want to be taken seriously once and a while. (Is that why Arnold became governor?)

    • 0 avatar
      kmoney

      “Top gear has three blokes being … well …. blokes. A bit silly at times but bags of fun and all the while bouncing off of the fun of other blokes.”

      I think u hit on their true magic. I have lots of friends who love TG for just this. My ~70 year old parent’s couldn’t care less about cars, but they grin and chuckle through entire episodes (“f***, these guys never left highschool,” as my dad describes it). Before it became obviously scripted, the guys standing around BSing cracking jokes was probably the most entertaining part of the show.

  • avatar
    rtr

    Jack, slamming Clarkson misses the point of the show. Maybe you are a better driver, maybe not. A better guitar player for sure, but not Jimmy Page. So what?

    Top Gear is a very entertaining show and not Road and Track. In part Clarkson’s willingness to lampoon stupidity is a treat. I trust the idiots at the lefty left BBC will re-think their decision else lose a huge audience.

    Bob

    • 0 avatar
      Jack Baruth

      The meta-question is: Are we (meaning just me, in this instance) permitted to be snarky and dismissive when discussing someone who has made millions of dollars being snarky and dismissive? Or is Mr. Clarkson’s celebrity perception a sort of diode, allowing him to speak and write about anyone and anything in any manner that he chooses but protecting him from, as an example, the factual observation that he really has no business advising people on their automotive choices?

      Am I allowed to wear a dragon suit when writing about Jimmy Page? If so, I’m going to order one. I hope they have enough fabric.

    • 0 avatar
      TrailerTrash

      I agree.
      And I think everybody is missing something here…Clarkson really digs at himself as well. He gives as well as receives.
      In fact, all on this show take hits from each other constantly.
      This is part of why they are so loved.
      It is a “brilliant” comedy show.

  • avatar
    wmba

    The important news today is that Honda is recalling hundreds of thousands of 2014 Accord and 2015 CR-V 4 cylinder vehicles to replace the short blocks.

    We’re talking hundreds of millions here, affecting a lot of people in a real way. No sign of this news on TTAC.

    • 0 avatar
      319583076

      Hundreds or hundreds of thousands? Looks like 137 to me.

      • 0 avatar
        wmba

        You’re correct. It’s only 137, so I’m wrong. My only defence is misreading the original Edmunds article, and that’s no defence at all.

        As you were. Apologies.

    • 0 avatar
      MK

      I’m guessing this is being done intentionally to distract the sheeple from anything that might be seen as critical of Honda. For evidence I point to the data that ttac themselves published showing Honda accord owners are their #1 constituency… Wouldn’t want to alienate those folks for sure.

      I almost forgot.. You know who else owns a Honda accord that might have a vested interest in keeping the guidance package off this particular JDAM don’tcha? I’ll just leave the initials FEICPT here for you, make of it what you will

      Now since we’ve brought it into the sunlight they’ll either be forced to post it with some lame excuse OR they’ll just ignore it and hope the publicity goes away.

      How ya like me now?

  • avatar
    CoastieLenn

    Man… this site has gotten pretty touchy lately and posted quite a few peices that have caused crowds to baulk. What’s going on here? This ain’t the TTAC that I’m used to reading.

    As someone else mentioned, I like that news of Clarkson’s suspension was brought to me on this site, but statements like:

    “Mr. Clarkson, an actor and personality who portrays a car enthusiast on Top Gear along with two other actors who couldn’t hold up the ass end of a regional SCCA autocross if they had a GT-R Nismo and an extra day to practice the course…”

    … sort of ruin the image of this reletively factually based information site and turn it into more of a personal vendetta peice. They have “The Stig” for the real driving needs.

    Just calling things like I see them and trying to be respectful about it.

    • 0 avatar
      05lgt

      Umm, I”m pretty sure the GT-R broke said actor. He left in a brace. Because it turned hard when he’s used to sliding around like a 16 year old on his first snow drive.

  • avatar
    Don Mynack

    “But could Baruth beat Clarkson at arm wrestling?” he asked inquisitively.

  • avatar
    319583076

    What is the official yardstick for today’s pissing contest?

  • avatar
    Charlie

    Jack,

    Does one need to be an autocross legend to be a car enthusiast?

    If so, I guess that counts me out :(

  • avatar
    facelvega

    Giant media conglomerates (even public ones) don’t suspend famous and lucrative hosts for their cantankerously offensive presence on-screen, they suspend them for being so dangerous in conducting business off-screen that the potential costs in scandal, lawsuits, and everybody getting fired who didn’t speak out are greater than the cost of losing the host. They don’t want to suspend him out of petulance, they do it to protect themselves and to try to save money. It’s not the charming rascal you know who got suspended, it’s the businessman.

  • avatar
    Lightspeed

    I’ve watched 3 episodes. It’s the same show every week. I don’t want to see a hyper-car drifted, I want to see that thing on the edge at its top speed. I can drift an old 1/2-ton as well as Clarkson/et-al drift Ferraris. And Clarkson is a huge racist/classist in that special British way. He’s done.

    • 0 avatar
      mike978

      Is shouldn`t be done – TG is still a very popular program around the world.

    • 0 avatar
      DenverMike

      Actually they don’t drift anything. A stunt driver does it and it’s spliced in. It’s too obvious when they’re reciting off the script in a super nonchalant manner, while casually drifting a 1/4 million+ dollar super car around a track.

      It’s all very entertaining, especially if you’re 12 years old, and I haven’t watched in a couple years, but it’s on the list.

      It’s like all the other fictional “Reality TV” shows around, like Fast & Loud, etc. The cars are definitely real though, so I’ll give them a watch.

      • 0 avatar
        Lightspeed

        Thanks for clarifying. Still want to see those cars driven in a proper racing fashion. But, Clarkson’s “British good, everything else bad” schtick is really tiresome, then casually throw in some racism and a “oops, me-bad” dismissal, well it doesn’t wash in the new world Clarkson is tone-deaf to.

  • avatar
    mike978

    Isn`t this statement “two other actors who couldn’t hold up the ass end of a regional SCCA autocross if they had a GT-R Nismo and an extra day to practice the course,” a little unfair to James May. He seems to have technical knowledge and knows his way around a wrench.

    • 0 avatar
      OneAlpha

      May always irritated me because he’s pedantic and obtuse.

      Remember the episode where Hammond and May were in a plane, racing Clarkson (in a car) from Switzerland and May starts preflighting the plane AFTER Clarkson leaves?

      Hammond’s yelling at him to hurry up, but he’s just so engrossed in all his little tests that’s he oblivious to Hammond’s anxious ranting. It’s like he enjoyed the preflight checks way more than the actual race.

      • 0 avatar
        Vulpine

        It’s obvious you’re not a pilot, OA. Those checks MUST be done or the pilot is fully accountable for any accident involving that plane during his usage of it–up to and including his life and any other souls on board that same aircraft.

        • 0 avatar
          CoreyDL

          As well, I suspect this was very scripted.

          Producer: Hammond, be very annoying when James is doing these pre-flight checks which are required and that the BBC greatly wants the viewers to see.

          Hammond: Okay mate.

        • 0 avatar
          OneAlpha

          You missed my point – I wasn’t talking about preflight checks.

          I was saying that May was having more fun checking fuel quality and tire pressure than actually participating in a race.

          AND, that he was utterly lacking in any sense of urgency about getting them done, as well.

          • 0 avatar
            Wheatridger

            But that’s his schtick, he’s “Captain Slow.” To be even more pedantic, in his own vein, it’s called “a running gag.”

  • avatar
    OneAlpha

    “In the UK, ‘racist statement’ means ‘anything that doesn’t meet the principles of IngSoc.\'”

    Yeah, that’s pretty much what it means here, too.

  • avatar

    I didn’t particularly see anything wrong with Jack’s commentary. In fact, I thought it was rather humorous.

    • 0 avatar
      DeadWeight

      No sh!t.

      It’s almost as if some of the commenters want a staid, boring, just-the-facts, sterile byline from the authors here.

      Anyone can get that in too many places, as is.

      I want opinions, rawness & some boldness in going out on limbs, which Jack does well, whether I agree or not with any of his particular opinions, conclusions or other points on any given day.

      WTF people. Spice up your Ritz crackers with some cream cheese, or maybe even…chives! (gasp!).

  • avatar
    ...m...

    …top gear ended with series thirteen, on august 2nd, 2009: everything since aired has just been bonus-content filler for that extra DVD nobody watches…

  • avatar
    gzuckier

    That suspension needs tuning.

  • avatar
    Slow_Joe_Crow

    It’s Clarkson, so there is a very real possibility that his career limiting move was offensive even by far more laid back standards than the 21st century British nanny state. I was going to say that Clarkson may said something offensive even by Australian Bogan standards but on reflection, 1. bogans have no standards and 2. they would embrace Jezza as one of their own if he tore the sleeves off his shirt and shed the pommie accent.

  • avatar
    Pch101

    The BBC relies on sales of its shows abroad for some of its revenue. Offending foreigners with checkbooks (or, in this case, chequebooks) isn’t polite and it isn’t smart.

    I find Clarkson to be amusing, but he isn’t so good that he can’t be replaced. The key to the show is the chemistry amongst the presenters; the replacement will have to work well with the other two.

  • avatar
    dtremit

    Update: apparently he punched a producer:

    http://www.radiotimes.com/news/2015-03-10/top-gear-series-postponed-after-jeremy-clarkson-punches-producer

  • avatar
    slance66

    Clarkson is the key to the show. His penchant for political incorrectness is the key to the show. There’s a simple reason really, nobody else is. Maybe Dennis Miller but not really, and he has no platform. Every so often the PC police at the BBC go into fits of rage over him and they ask, are we really going to let this guy say what he thinks? Then they say, yes, yes we are and cash the checks.

    As for the show, some episodes are brilliant, some good, some just so-so. Occasionally I find them genuine (24 hour race in the diesel 3-series). They’ve drifted away from that and need to get back to it.

    • 0 avatar
      Arthur Dailey

      In many ways Clarkson is to the UK what Don Cherry is to Canada.

      A well known public figure, who deeply divides the citizens with his outrageous opinions and gets very well paid for them.

      • 0 avatar
        makuribu

        Both Cherry and Clarkson are cartoon characters. They add nothing to the discussion. They are so aware of their audiences expectations that it’s just an act, like one of those endless in joke sketches on Saturday Night Live. “Cheeseburger! Cheeseburger! Pepsi! Pepsi!”

        I will admit that Clarkson’s in depth coverage of the Reliant Robin is funny.

      • 0 avatar

        You have a point, but Cherry probably has better credentials to do hockey analysis than Clarkson has to opine on cars. He certainly has better hockey credentials than I do concerning automobiles.

        Did you see that mini-series CBC did on Cherry?

        I respect the guy for making a success out of a rather limited toolbox.

  • avatar

    I’ve reached the point where I’ve stopped watching Top Gear–it’s equal parts of repetitive buffoonery and hyperbole. The comments on this thread have been funnier and more entertaining than the last five seasons.

    I’d give it a watch again if they would replace Clarkson with Brian Johnson or Mr. Bean.

  • avatar

    The “Ing.Soc” reference at the start is sillly. Britain is a country well to the right of centre, NHS notwithstanding. And Clarkson is a pretty obnoxious person. It’s really easy to be rude and callous when you’re rich. What good have his juvenile remarks ever done except entertain people who are affronted by the simple requirement not to sneer at anyone who isn’t wealthy, male and white? Clarkson belongs back in 1950 where he’d make a living writing “No dogs, no Irish” for landladies in East London.

    • 0 avatar
      Lorenzo

      “Right of centre” depends on where you think “centre” is. Socialism has been called the British Disease for over a century, and Queen Victoria is still dead.

      • 0 avatar
        Pch101

        Type “David Cameron” into Google.

      • 0 avatar
        ClutchCarGo

        Also google Margaret Thatcher while you’re at it for a little recent history.

      • 0 avatar

        ““Right of centre” depends on where you think “centre” is. Socialism has been called the British Disease for over a century, and Queen Victoria is still dead.”

        I don´t know how to answer that. Is Republicanism the centre? The centre is a mix of state and market solutions to society´s problems. A centrist says the public and state sectors have their uses. A right-leaning person will resist any state solutions; a leftist will resist any market solutions. A centrist says, show me the evidence. A right-leaning person will deny the value of trades unions and try to stamp them out; a left-leaning person says private ownership of companies is wrong. A centrist says business needs to be balanced by organised labour. How about that? In Britain the government dislikes state solutions in principle, dislikes organised labour in principle and thinks the market is the best arbiter of outcomes. That makes the UK generally right of centre, close to the US than to mainland Europe. Centre isn´t relative.

        • 0 avatar
          Vulpine

          Too many stereotypes there, Richard. The definitions of ‘Right’, “Center” and “Left” are all stereotypes as promoted by one specific media network and carry little relationship to reality.

          The US Government was designed to be a system of checks and balances to keep any one individual or group from becoming too powerful. Unfortunately, one group has managed to find a way around that by accusing another of already achieving that imbalance. No longer do we see compromise intended to properly service the nation as a whole, we see extremism begetting extremism just to balance the ever-increasing swings to either side.

          But the article is NOT about political hijinks, it’s about how one man acted up and his network slapping him down and reminding him exactly who pays his bills.

          As far as which auto show is better, I’ll vote on the AUS “Fifth Gear” as they don’t carry the swelled head attitude of Clarkson or Tanner in the UK/US Top Gear shows.

          • 0 avatar

            I don’t watch US or any television. My examples are standard political science textbook stuff. I am not interested in the checks and balance aspect as that deals with how values are selected and implemented
            and not what those values are. Democracy is value neutral. You can have any set of right/left/other choices to pick with it. You’ ve mixed up selection/implementation with what is selected from.
            If you reject the state versus market polarity there’s no other meaningful way to distinguish left-right. Even social values cut across this such as socially conservative socialists and market-orientated voters who are socially indiffferent or socially liberal.

  • avatar
    otaku

    I would just like to state for the record that even if some random dude, who COULD hold up the ass end of a regional SCCA autocross if they had a GT-R Nismo and an extra day to practice the course, actually believed that such an obsure accomplishment should in any way render their opinion to advise me on my next automobile purchase as remotely valid, well that person would be incorrect.

    Hilariously so.

  • avatar
    eggsalad

    I watched TG once. I found Clarkson to be a pompous (donkey) and so not-at-all-charming that I never bothered to watch again.

  • avatar
    racer-esq.

    “. . .up to and including having the temerity to rev the engine of your Lotus Esprit at a stoplight in the approximate presence of a Muslim immigrant.”

    If you read the article carefully his real offense was telling a plain clothes off duty lazy overpaid corrupt government employee/cop to f_ck off.

    In the US the charge would have been resisting arrest.

    But the European countries volunteering to be destroyed by immigration is a very interesting exercise in self-hate.

    Somehow the Japanese have enough pride to maintain the identity of a superior culture despite even worse low wage worker shortages.

  • avatar
    ajla

    I’ll admit to being jealous of Clarkson.

    The guy got paid huge sums of cash to drive an original Range Rover through the rainforest, take a Lancia through Africa, an Aston Martin in tunnels under Romania, and a GTR across Japan.

    • 0 avatar
      CoreyDL

      That Bolivia episode was fun. But I think they had to work on that RR quite a lot more than they showed. And I bet it used up lots of replacement parts as well.

      The correct answer on that trip to sturdy, affordable SUV which is also somewhat comfortable is Pajero or Patrol.

      That old FJ was a used up piece of crap, and the Samurai was in similar condition, just much newer.

      • 0 avatar
        Vulpine

        You know? I wonder how a Jeep Wrangler would have performed in that episode. Of course we all know Clarkson hates the Wrangler, but Hammond at least seems to understand its purpose–along with at least one of the show’s producers.

  • avatar
    Wheatridger

    Clarkson is a bigot and a blowhard, pigheaded and obstinate with his earth-raping instincts, and a loose cannon waiting to go off in unscripted moments. That’s why his show is so great- he adds a hint of verbal danger equivalent to a 200 mph jaunt down the Mulsanne Straight. But Clarkson’s rants don’t go unchallenged, and that’s why the show’s great, too. Both May and Hammond regularly call him out for what he is, showering sparks on what obviously is a deep friendship. That tension makes the show!

    As a bleeding’ heart Liberal car guy, I think it’s better to give JC’s nonsense a platform, and then have it properly cooked and skewered afterwards. I hope to see him back soon, jumping from the frying pan into the fire.

    • 0 avatar
      OneAlpha

      I’m confused.

      How is it possible to both like cars and identify with an ideology that regards the automobile as an instrument of evil?

      It’s great that you like cars, but how do you reconcile these two things?

      • 0 avatar
        boozysmurf

        Easy. You’ve got your knowledge of “Liberal” from right wing talking points, not from reality. (In the same way that a lot of liberals get their knowledge of conservatives from the ultra-left, too, to be fair). I say that facetiously, and somewhat unfairly.

        But liberal does not equal “anti car”. Generally, most understand that cars in general are good, and there’s a time and a place for all things.

        Me, I subscribe socially Liberal, fiscally conservative (capitalization/lack of on Liberal/conservative intentional).

        I also have two cars at home, one which is a workhorse (’05 Forester) and one a toy (modified ’10 Genesis). Unless I NEED them, they stay parked. During the winter, I walk 6km to work, in the summer, I bike. I avoid transit not only because Ottawa’s transit system is the devil’s own tool, but because honestly, it’s faster to walk 6km than take a bus.

        But I also don’t see the point in spending money on parking or gas, or burning the gas, when I could get some exercise, and not spend the cash (and, honestly, not put those emissions into the atmosphere). I also save the wear/tear on the car for short hops, and insurance for same. So, is that the liberal in me, or the conservative?

        In my (ever so humble) opinion, smart folks take the pieces of set ideologies that fit with their beliefs, and meld them into one. A big part of the problem we have now (around the world) is fixed, unyielding ideology: if you’re right, you are ALL THE THINGS THAT ARE RIGHT. If you’re left, YOU ARE ALL THE THINGS THAT ARE LEFT. I call bullsh1t on that. Ideological purity is the problem, not the solution.

        Basically, I’m saying center-left, or center-right is probably the best place to be, and thinking about each item before you make a decision makes you the best person you can be. It’s not bad because someone else believes it, in the same way it’s not good because someone else (who you normally agree with) believes it. Do YOU believe it? And can you support that in an argument?

        Is my $0.02. Which is worth less, because Canadian dollar.

  • avatar
    TonyJZX

    whats the bet ratings for the next episode in two weeks is the highest ever

    there seems to be a bit of manufactured drama here, which is ironic as Top Gear is nothing if not manufactured but saying that… the world seems to be divided over nice guys like Chris Harris and Tiff Needel who cant catch a break and the Clarksons of the world

    I admit, I like watching Top Gear UK even though the formula is stale as your mom’s dinner roast but the alternatives like Top Gear USA and all the other wretched motoring shows out there dont bear comparison.

    People want a bit of escapism and thats all it is. I’m not the type to find some kind of political agenda behind every piece of light entertainment I watch.

  • avatar
    thornmark

    as cited above,

    “Top Gear series postponed after Jeremy Clarkson “punches producer”
    http://www.radiotimes.com/news/2015-03-10/top-gear-series-postponed-after-jeremy-clarkson-punches-producer

    “The three remaining episodes of Top Gear series 22 have been pulled from the schedules after Jeremy Clarkson was accused of punching a producer.”

  • avatar
    30-mile fetch

    Clarkson being suspended was just a matter of time after the BBC put him on notice awhile ago. His extroverted and confrontation personality is a big ingredient in the special sauce that made the show a hit. Never feel bad for a millionaire that became such by driving exotic cars in exotic locations and writing about it. He’ll be fine.

    I am also utterly baffled by how this article generated more criticism of Jack than anything else I can remember on this site. Weird.

    • 0 avatar
      Lou_BC

      30-mile fetch – goes to show how high a pedestal Clarkson stands upon and that may be the crux of the problem. Clarkson may believe that he IS “the show”and is irreplaceable.

    • 0 avatar
      wmba

      Baruth is as crochety as Clarkson.

      When his feelings are hurt for some reason that is impossible to fathom, whether it be a writer on another site who he believes deserves disdain, some Porsche thing that he takes as a slight on him personally, or the several other times attacking Clarkson, he finds it necessary to inform the world of his aggravated opinion. It’s all pretty mean-spirited stuff.

      The syndrome is called “tilting at windmills”.

  • avatar
    Carilloskis

    I couldn’t care less about celebrities personal lives as long as I as a viewer am entertained by the product. The bbc should air the shows sans clarkson. They are punishing the other hundreds of people who work on the show. And the loyal viewers. Yes Clarkson makes the show intresting and funny and has been unfairly blasted in the past but that makes the show great to watch. The three presenters have the most envious jobs in the world on my opinion.
    Who knows Aubrey clarkson punched the dude so they would never do the 918 vs McClaren p1 vs la Ferrari review and he wouldn’t have to change his name to Jennifer. In fact the bbc should do that before they axe him do the race McClaren looses he changes his name to Jennifer they fire him.

  • avatar
    Arthur Dailey

    Wasn’t it reported that Clarkson punched Piers Morgan on the last trans-Atlantic flight of the Concord?

    Of course some people may have congratulated him for that.

  • avatar
    MRF 95 T-Bird

    Heck he once implied that long haul truck (lorry) drivers had a propensity to kill prostitutes and toss them out of the cab.

    • 0 avatar
      eventualhorizon

      I remember that. Hilarious.

      The thing is though that the show needs Clarkson more than he needs the show. All three presenters contracts are up after this season. They were due to negotiate a 2 year extension in a few days.

      If the BBC sack Clarkson, no doubt that Sky or another network would pay big money to have those three helm a similar show.

      Were I in charge of the BBC and it was decided that Clarkson had to go I would try to sell the whole show for big money and be done with it.

      Perhaps the three blokes would buy the rights themselves.

      Interesting times.

  • avatar
    Lemmiwinks

    If I were human, I believe I would say that this post was “bitchy.”

    …if I were human…

    (RIP Nimoy)

  • avatar
    philadlj

    According to The Mirror (grain of salt) the punch came after a producer failed to bring Jezza dinner in a timely fashion.

    So here’s a Top Gear Top Tip: If your job is to feed a long, gangly old sot with pubes for hair, do NOT bring him his dinner late!

  • avatar
    Domestic Hearse

    The conspiracy here is that Jack is attempting to fan the flames of hatred toward Jezza, not that he has anything against JC, but is employing the classic maneuver of misdirection. Yes, he hopes there will be outrage and we’ll all write our Congressperson demanding Clarkson’s permanent removal, which would weaken the appeal of Top Gear UK, which is part of Jack’s master plan.

    He throws us further off the scent by proclaiming his Anglophilic jealousy of Jimmy Page, which is true.

    But what Jack really covets is to be The Stig. So if he can weaken the show, perhaps there will be a casting call for new characters and Jack can audition for the role he’s wanted for years. The best job in the world!

    Jack knows just how important to the world of motoring it is when cars are compared on different days, during different conditions, on the Top Gear Test Track by the world’s most famous tame racing driver.

    You read it here first. And you’re welcome.

    • 0 avatar
      Arthur Dailey

      A brilliant piece of deduction.

      Just because the Stig doesn’t speak doesn’t mean that he can’t write. After all hasn’t he already authored 2 autobiographies?

      This is big enough news in Canada that it is being discussed on As It Happens (CBC national radio) and made their national news report.

  • avatar
    Sceptic

    Never watched his show. Now I am intrigued. No such thing as bad publicity and forbidden fruit apply.

  • avatar
    fishfry smith

    This is a bit like when Apple decided to fire Steve Jobs… good luck, guys!

  • avatar
    05lgt

    Wouldn’t it be fantastically ironic if TG did another US special and invited Jack to fill in as the latest US Stig? The internal turmoil. The pain of the NDA. … He’d never do it. R&T gives him the sweet rides with no requiement to remain secretive.

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