R.I.P. Top Gear

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  1. Mar 25, 2015 #1 of 241
    TonyTheTiger

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    ...as we know it, at least.

    Jeremy Clarkson will not have his contract renewed. It expires at the end of the month. :(

    There is speculation that a replacement will be considered, but as Richard Hammond and James May have said they won't do the show without Jeremy, the whole future is in the balance and personally, I doubt it would succeed without him anyway.

    The above link is to a live update feed from The Guardian newspaper in the UK. Other articles are listing names for a successor with Chris Evans emerging as favorite even though he denies being approached.

    I have also seen a rumor that Netflix may be interested as well as other UK stations. Time will tell which is true.

    I hope they'll make the material from the last three episodes of the show that are in the can available to watch in some form.
     
  2. Mar 25, 2015 #2 of 241
    ClutchBrake

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    Come on, Netflix. :up:
     
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    heySkippy

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    It was great while it lasted. I will definitely check out whatever Clarkson decides to do next.
     
  4. Mar 25, 2015 #4 of 241
    Sapphire

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    Oh c*ck. Well I guess I'll have to resubscribe to netflix if Clarkson's new venture is any good.

    Make no mistake he IS the show.
     
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    DeDondeEs

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    The cynical side of me was thinking this was a big publicity stunt, akin to the radio DJ locking himself in the station studio and playing whatever he wants for several days.

    But if BBC is really not renewing his contract, then there really must have been serious interpersonal issues between Clarkson and Managment.

    It will be interesting to see what May and Hammond do. May has seemed supportive of Clarkson, but May also has a few other shows on BBC, I wonder how far he is willing to burn bridges with the BBC and put his other show contracts in jeopardy.

    If they do another show on Netflix, I am sure it would have to be pretty different from the current Top Gear format to avoid litigation. But perhaps he/they could mock that by saying it is a "motoring documentary show"

    Well, on that bombshell....
     
  6. Mar 25, 2015 #6 of 241
    MikeAndrews

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    Clarkson and crew can continue by doing Top Gear with a different name on Independent TV in the UK, and syndication, BUT a major feature of Top Gear is the high quality of the cinematography and editing. Maybe they can also keep the behind the scenes crew.
     
  7. Mar 25, 2015 #7 of 241
    JohnB1000

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    Surely this belongs in the Now Playing forum ?
     
  8. Mar 25, 2015 #8 of 241
    LoadStar

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    May made a brief statement at what appears to be his house:


    Seems pretty clear that he doesn't seem remotely interested in working with a replacement.
     
  9. Mar 25, 2015 #9 of 241
    Hoffer

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    If a person punches a coworker, that person has to go. Even if he is the show unfortunately. I loved Top Gear and will miss it big time. I hope they come out with something else.
     
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    betamax

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    Actually they would have to create a Not Playing forum. ;)
     
  11. Mar 25, 2015 #11 of 241
    TonyTheTiger

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    Awesome...

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    Click on the pic to go to the full story. The last two lines are priceless!
     
  12. Mar 25, 2015 #12 of 241
    Jstkiddn

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    I dunno...sometimes people need punching. Do we know what the row was about?
     
  13. Mar 25, 2015 #13 of 241
    LoadStar

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    From what I understand, after a particularly long day of on-location shooting, the producers failed to have a decent meal available for the talent. Jeremy was very tired and very cranky due to hunger, and he took it out on the producer.

    I'm not certain about this, but I think it was because they depended on the hotel kitchen to prepare the food, which had closed by the time filming had completed. From what I can tell, they don't do "craft services" catering like they do over here.
     
  14. Mar 25, 2015 #14 of 241
    Jstkiddn

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    The "You're not yourself when you're hungry" Snickers commercials are coming to mind. ;)
     
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    shady

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    He was hangry
     
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    LoadStar

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    Actually sent to him:
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  18. Mar 25, 2015 #18 of 241
    Jstkiddn

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    Ha ha! Too funny! :up:
     
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    DeDondeEs

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    Yeah I think that Snickers picture was in one of the other two threads about Clarkson.

    I like James May's recent tweet complaining about all of the idling diesel-powered news vans outside of his house.
     
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    DouglasPHill

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