Jeremy Clarkson has revealed that he was on the sharp end of a scam that promised him an OBE from Buckingham Palace. Disguised as the Department of Media, Culture and Sport, the presenter received an “official-looking email” explaining that he was going to receive the Order of the British Empire.
“There were a couple of things that made me suspicious, though,” he wrote in a recent column.
“Number one: Why on earth would they give me an OBE? And number two: The email said it was for services to sport.
“What services to sport? Turning up at Stamford Bridge once in a while,” he joked.
He continued, adding that some of the more “gullible” people would actually take this seriously, wondering if they’d actually turn up to the palace “in a penguin suit”.
“Imagine their little faces when the guard says they’re not on the list,” he wrote.
Fans of the Clarkson’s Farm presenter have often wondered why Jeremy is yet to receive any form of honour from the palace, especially after his brilliant work on the farming show. Clarkson however has accepted that he’ll likely never receive such a thing after a long life of winding people up, noting that he’s “hardly a model citizen”. This, according to him, rules him out of ever being asked to kneel for the Queen.
“I think you only have to look on Wikipedia and go, ‘No, not this one’.
“I’m hardly a model citizen. I just can’t in my wildest dreams imagine anybody’s going to sit there and go, ‘Queen’s Honours, I think Jeremy Clarkson’.
“I just can’t hear those words being spoken in an oak-panelled room in Whitehall. I’d rather it went to a lollipop lady,” he joked.
On top of this, Jeremy also believes he’s offended his local council after they continue to fight against his plans to expand his Diddly Squat Farm.
“I’ve no idea I must have offended the planners in some way in a column I wrote probably 20 years ago and I can’t get planning permission,” he told TalkTV in a recent interview.
“Maybe I should buy an apron and join the Masons.
“I don’t know what you have to do. But I simply can’t get planning permission for anything.
“Which is infuriating, but it’s not just me as it turns out.