Having a motoring icon as your presenter is not only a blessing, but also carries a heavy burden of harnessing the extremely large ego of this most beloved Top Gear presenter. If you are not locked up in a bunker, falsely assuming that the Earth has been destroyed and you are the only surviving human being, then you most certainly could not avoid hearing about the latest controversy surrounding the most popular motoring programme on BBC. Why is there a controversy at all?
Clarkson had already a colourful history of controversies that follow him ever since he was kicked out of Repton School. BBC knew all about Clarkson and his style, but still decided to allow him to revive, together with his old Repton School buddy Andy Wilman, the defunct “Top Gear” series in 2002. Many do not know that Clarkson’s parents invented the Paddington Bear stuffed toy, not the story itself, a toy that is still popular to this very day, with a successful movie having been released just this year.
I actually does not matter if Jeremy Clarkson will be sacked by the BBC, since that JC will most certainly have a wonderful career even if it does not involve Top Gear anymore. The future of Top Gear is at stake here, since that both people who made the show what it is today would leave if Clarkson is gone, namely Clarkson himself and Wilman. The producer, who claims to have been punched by Clarkson, does not have any significant credit to his name, besides the Top Gear assistant producer job. If it comes out that Clarkson did not get physical and the producer made up most of the ruckus, which started when the said producer failed to provide catering – which is his job – after a daylong shoot, that producer can kiss his career goodbye.
There is no other show like Top Gear. Many other shows, including the spin-offs, cannot manage to create the atmosphere of the Clarkson – Hammond – May parade, even the completely separate series and features with co-presenters May and Hammond, without Clarkson, often on other topics than cars and motoring, do not have the same, or even similar, flair.
If BBC decides to pull the plug on Top Gear, it will cost them about an eighth of a billion pounds in revenue annually, which is what Top Gear generates alone, whereby core profits exceed 20 million pounds after taxes. It is doubtful that BBC will choose to sever its ties to Clarkson, which would also include excruciatingly high payoffs. Additionally, an online petition collected almost a million signatures by fans within short two days, demanding Clarkson be reinstated immediately. Car and motoring enthusiasts all over the world are watching the story as it unfolds with unwavering confidence.