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BBC Top Gear Possible Extinction, Will the Show Go the Way of the Dinosaur?

Posted in News on March 17, 2015
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There are few automotive-themed television shows that I enjoy. To be fair, there are only a handful of shows I even bother to watch these days and most are on Netflix. When I caught the news that long-time host and automotive journalist for BBC’s Top Gear, Jeremy Clarkson, might be out of a job, I wasn’t all-that surprised. Clarkson has a history of being edgy and sometimes crossing the line, which has put him in hot water before.

It’s that edginess that makes Clarkson and Top Gear enjoyable to watch. You never get the feeling that he or any of the hosts are resting in the pockets of some heavy-weight advertiser. Unlike the American version of Top Gear, the adventures, vehicle reviews, and comparisons all work harmoniously. Even the chemistry between the hosts doesn’t appear awkward or forced.

I’m not interested in getting too deep into the speculation of what might have happened to have Clarkson split from one of the most globally viewed television programs, but most of the rumors point to a verbal altercation that got physical. If this is the case, then yes, the BBC probably has little choice other than to give him the boot. Barring the UFC, I can’t think of too many professions that would allow employees to come to blows without one of them getting canned.

Clarkson himself seemed to hint at his impending doom. He writes “I think it's fair to say that nature made a mistake when it invented the dinosaur. It was too big, too violent and with such small and puny arms it was never going to be able to operate heavy machinery or even enjoy a bit of special "me" time. So one day all the dinosaurs died — and now, many years later, no one mourns their passing. But let's be honest. These big, imposing creatures have no place in a world that has moved on.”

If you’ve never viewed BBC’s Top Gear, I strongly recommend it. Sure, there are a lot of supercar reviews and vehicles with the steering wheel on the wrong side, but it is great entertainment (and at times educational). They’ve created plenty of episodes dedicated to going off-road, so don’t think it’s just another “car” show. Whatever the future will hold for BBC’s Top Gear, I hope they move forward, with or without Clarkson. It definitely won’t be the same without him, but I think it’s possible for it to evolve with a new team member. Maybe Clarkson, Brian Williams, and Jay Leno could collaborate. Seems like they all have some extra time on their hands these days.

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