One of the most controversial television hosts, Jeremy Clarkson was rumoured to be replaced by Radio 2 DJ Chris Evans. But the BBC Top Gear host slammed all the rumours by saying, and we quote, “Some seem to think there isn’t one (New Season of Top Gear). But I can assure you, there is. There are also those who think I won’t be part of it.Well, sorry, but I am (hosting). Unless I am eaten by a pack of wild dogs before the next series starts early next year.”
His intentions are quite clear that he would continue hosting Top Gear for the foreseeable future along with co-hosts, Richard Hammond and James May.
Clarkson has been surrounded by many controversies over his comments on the show. The latest controversy arose when he used the term “slope” during the filming the Burma special. The term “slope” is an derogatory term for a person of East Asian descent. India-born British actress Somi Guha raised lawsuit against BBC.
The task given to the Top Gear trio was to build a bridge over the river Kwai in Burma. The completed bridge was in frame when Hammond and Clarkson were talking about completing the feat. At the same moment, an Asian man was crossing the bridge when Clarkson said to Hammond, “That is a proud moment – but there is a slope on it.”
The actress demanded one million pounds in damages or gave the network a choice to formally apology and take the show off the air completely.
Now, many people would have thought that it might be the end of Jeremy Clarkson on the show, if not the show itself. But after the statement issued by Clarkson, it is clear that BBC will continue filming and broadcasting Top Gear and Jeremy Clarkson will indeed host the upcoming seasons as well.
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