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New Top Gear series in doubt
Jeremy Clarkson has cast doubt on whether Top Gear will return to TV screens this autumn.
Speaking via his Twitter account, @jcrclarksonesq, Clarkson revealed this morning that “There’s a rumour in internet land that there will be no more Top Gear this year. I’m afraid that apart from an Xmas Special, it’s true.”
The outspoken lead presenter of the popular motoring show went on to say, “Would love to be back in the Autumn but Sunday nights will be full of fat people singing” – a reference to Simon Cowell’s X Factor show.
The BBC and ITV have been embroiled in squabbles recently over scheduling of programs in a ratings battle between The Voice and Britain’s Got Talent TV shows.
The move by the BBC to delay the new series of Top Gear until January could be a ploy to keep viewers glued to the motoring program when it eventually returns.
Clarkson confirmed the show would be back in January, adding in the BBC2 show presenters usual pithy style, “Top Gear is a medium sized van. Cowell is a juggernaut. When he has finished his singing competition, our new series will start.”
Clarkson has made outspoken remarks in the past, including insulting lorry drivers, Mexicans and striking public sector workers.
The BBC has not confirmed when Top Gear will return to the nation’s TV screens. However, the comments by Clarkson indicate strongly the traditional autumn slot for the programme may be axed in favour of a January airing to help keep ratings up.
There’s always that Christmas Special to look forward to, though.
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