Top Gear executive producer resigns

BY CHARL BOSCH - MARCH 31, 2015

Top Gear Executive Producer, Andy Wilman, has announced his departure from the smash-hit BBC motoring show a week after the firing of close friend and star presenter, Jeremy Clarkson.

In a leaked email obtained by motoring themed website, Jalopnik, Wilman, who become friends with Clarkson while attending the same school and produced many of his shows outside Top Gear, said that their brief when the show was re-launched in 2002, was to bring-in three million people and have something that would stand out from a usual car show.

“What you all ended up making was one of the most iconic programmes in TV history, a show about cars that went global, won countless awards, was devoured by non-car fans and ended up in the Guinness Book of Records,” Wilman wrote.

“We had a lot of laughs, we had a lot of tiffs. We went to amazing places and we went to some s***holes. We nearly killed a presenter, we had to run for the border. We started off with whoever we could get in the Reasonably Priced Car, and ended up with Tom Cruise. Throughout all this we made television that was beautiful to look at and beautiful to listen to”.

He also added that despite the accolades given to Clarkson and his co-presenters Richard Hammond and James May, “you all in your own fields had such an immense hand in weaving this unforgettable tapestry”.

Wilman also stated that despite the BBC’s plans of keeping the show going, “our stint as guardians of Top Gear was a good one, but we were only part of the show’s history, not the whole of it. Those two words are bigger than us”.

Concluding his message, he said, “when you’re feeling low in your working day at any point, look around at some of the crap on TV, then have a think about Top Gear, 2002- 2015, and say to yourself: “I made that.”.

Last week Thursday, BBC Director General, Tony Hall, announced that the broadcaster had opted not to renew Clarkson’s contract after he had punched the show’s associate producer, Oisin Tymon, for not arranging warm food after a day’s filming in the Yorkshire Dales.

Clarkson has not yet responded to his firing, only telling journalists after arriving at his London’s flat that Tymon, who had been receiving death threats from irate fans on social media, should be left alone as he did nothing wrong.

Although not implicated, Hammond and May have indicated that they won’t continue filming without Clarkson, with the latter reportedly telling Sky News that they come “as a package deal”.

 

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