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Radio DJ to replace Clarkson on Top Gear?

By Charl Bosch - Sep 10, 2014
Radio DJ to replace Clarkson on Top Gear?

Britain’s Sunday Mirror newspaper has reported that outspoken and controversial Top Gear presenter, Jeremy Clarkson, is rumoured to be facing the chopping block from the popular motoring show, after recent remarks landed him with a final warning from network bosses.

The paper also claims that popular BBC Radio 2 Breakfast DJ and former “Star in a Reasonably Price” guest, Chris Evans, is lined-up as Clarkson’s replacement should the BBC choose not to extend his contract.

A television source reportedly told the newspaper, “Clarkson is undeniably talented, but there is now a small band of BBC executives who believe his knack of getting into trouble has become too big an issue to ignore.

“Chris Evans has shown himself to be just as talented in front of the cameras, and is known for his interest in cars.”

The source also revealed that Clarkson was due to sign a three-year extension on his contract with the broadcaster, but that nothing has come off it so far.

“Jeremy's deal is yet to be signed. There are some people at the very top who are questioning whether he should stay or not

Responding to the claims, Evans, a self-proclaimed petrolhead famous for his collection of Ferraris, tweeted, “Hilarious story in today's paper re me replacing Clarkson on Top Gear. 100% not true. 100% never going to happen. 100% time for a fry up.” Clarkson has not yet commented on the allegations.

The latest news comes after BBC Director of Television, Danny Cohen, had blasted Clarkson at the Edinburgh International Television Festival last month, after the latter had been found guilty of using the term ‘slope’ during filming of a Top Gear special in Burma.

“I was very, very clear in public and in private that I was incredibly unhappy with his language. I have made that really clear. Jeremy knows that's my position and that's going to impact on the way the show is thought about in the future,” Cohen said.

“I think it's unacceptable, I've made that really clear to him and we'll go from there.”

In the episode, Clarkson and his co-presenters, Richard Hammond and James May, were tasked with building a bridge over the River Kwai in Thailand.

Having completed the bridge, and noting a man walking over it, Clarkson said, “That is a proud moment, but there's a slope on it,” to which Hammond noted, “You're right, it's definitely higher on that side." The term is believed to be derogatory towards people from Asian descent.

Top Gear producer, Andy Wilman, later said that they were not aware of the word’s racial connotations, stating that they had used it to refer to the manner in which the bridge was built.

In a different incident, Clarkson was also accused of being racist after an episode outtake showed him using the ‘n’ word while reciting the nursery rhyme, Eeny-meeny-miny-moe, during a comparison test of the Toyota GT86 and its mechanically identical twin, the Subaru BRZ.


CAPTION: BBC Radio 2 DJ, Chris Evans (right), has been mulled as a possible replacement for Jeremy Clarkson (left) on the broadcaster's smash hit motoring show, Top Gear. IMAGE sourced from audioboo.fm