R.I.P. Top Gear

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  1. Apr 3, 2015 #61 of 241
    Big Deficit

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    Yes. There was even an infant Stig as well as many different international Stigs with a variety of style and body shapes. And the helmet on the web site isn't like any the Stig has used previously.

    Maybe the Stig will be the new Top Gear presenter? Should cut down on needless banter ~100%. The celebrity interviews should be particularly novel. I always skipped over them in the past, but I would watch at least one.
     
  2. Apr 3, 2015 #62 of 241
    midas

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    I meant the actual one. I thought I remembered something about his identity being revealed and then being replaced.
     
  3. Apr 3, 2015 #63 of 241
    LoadStar

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    Yes. There have been at least 3 official Stigs since the show relaunched in 2002. The first one, Perry McCarthy, was in a black racing suit and helmet, and was outed by a newspaper. The second one, Ben Collins, outed himself and was sacked. Both Collins and the current Stig wear the same white racing suit and helmet.
     
  4. Apr 3, 2015 #64 of 241
    ClutchBrake

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    Reports are that the Top Gear hangar set has been dismantled in the last couple of days.
     
  5. Apr 3, 2015 #65 of 241
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    Not surprising. While there's still a chance the filmed segments might still be broadcast in some form, it's incredibly unlikely that they would do any additional studio segments for them. I don't think the hangar set is a standing set when the show isn't in production, so it's a given that the set would be struck and stored.

    I'm pretty sure the contract for all three hosts elapsed at the end of March, and I believe Wilman's contract expired as well. I haven't heard whether any of them re-upped, but I rather doubt they did. There didn't seem to be much interest in doing the show without Jezza, and I'm pretty sure there would be no interest in doing the show without Wilman.

    The show may still be back, but it definitely won't be the same, especially if you lose all three hosts *and* Wilman.
     
  6. Apr 5, 2015 #66 of 241
    redrouteone

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    The last episode is Clarkson and May reviewing big american pickup trucks, while Hammond was stuck on a mountain in Alberta.

    Now that is a bombshell.

    I'm going to miss the show, but they were on borrowed time anyway. Jeremy has been running his mouth off too much the past few years, if it hadn't been this, he would have done something else just as stupid.
     
  7. Apr 5, 2015 #67 of 241
    phox_mulder

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    That was the 2nd to last aired episode.

    Last one that aired was James doing rallycross, Jeremy in the latest Jaguar F-Type, and Hammond in his favorite girly car, the Mazda MX-5 (Miata).
    Nicholas Hoult was the Star in a Resonably Priced Car, and IIRC, he was near the top of the fastest list.


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  8. Apr 5, 2015 #68 of 241
    RonDawg

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    IIRC the last two first-run episodes that were aired in the US after the scandal broke was a two part-special called "Perfect Road Trip -- Italy." Clarkson and Hammond (no James May present) drive/boat to the island of Capri to drive Ford Capris. I think it was normally one of their DVD-only specials that tends to be released in the UK around Christmas, but BBC (or at least BBC-A) hastily substituted it for the originally intended episodes due to what happened with Clarkson.

    Next Christmas' DVD-only special?
     
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  9. Apr 6, 2015 #69 of 241
    Bierboy

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    "Scandal"? What "scandal"?
     
  10. Apr 6, 2015 #70 of 241
    thewebgal

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    Clarkson and May got roaring drunk after one of the field events, got back to the hotel and no warm food was available (since they were late). Clarkson went on a rant and after verbal abuse, punched the producer. Clarkson was sacked, then May and Hammond were not renewed (all 3 contracts were due for renewal at the end of march) ...

    Thus, R.I.P. Top Gear
     
  11. Apr 6, 2015 #71 of 241
    LoadStar

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    I think Bierboy knows. He's just, in his own way, trying to say that he doesn't consider it a scandal.
     
  12. Apr 6, 2015 #72 of 241
    RonDawg

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    Yeah there's people out there (not pointing to anybody specifically here) who think it's "no big deal" to punch someone after a half-hour-long verbal abuse, and that Tymon shouldn't have gone to the hospital for his injuries, and it's all Tymon's fault that our favorite automotive-themed program is being cancelled and thus deserves the death threats he's getting.
     
  13. Apr 6, 2015 #73 of 241
    DouglasPHill

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    I don't think that's it. I just wish he could have been suspended from the program while his arrest works its way thru the courts. After he's been sentenced, maybe jail time, maybe anger management, whatever they do in UK; then he could return to Top Gear.

    Regardless, when this is all over I anticipate the three Amigos being back on a show somewhere and the BBC losing boatloads of money.
     
  14. Apr 6, 2015 #74 of 241
    pgogborn

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    He hasn't been arrested, the person he allegedly assaulted does not want to bring charges.
     
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    Good News! My wife explained today in the gentlest of words that I'm a hypocrite. :eek:
     
  17. Apr 7, 2015 #77 of 241
    RonDawg

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    And I thought you were going to talk about a redesigned Dacia Sandero :D
     
  18. Apr 8, 2015 #78 of 241
    Big Deficit

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    And on that bombshell? Good night!
     
  19. Apr 22, 2015 #79 of 241
    TonyTheTiger

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