Jeremy Clarkson has rejected a plea from BBC Director-General Tim Davie to return to the corporation. The Grand Tour presenter stopped working for the BBC five years ago after he was suspended for punching Top Gear producer Oisin Tymon over a meal. Since then, he, alongside Richard Hammond and James May, continued to produce a car show for Amazon Prime Video instead.
In an interview for the YouTube channel Grapevine, Clarkson admitted that Davie was ‘a nice chap’, and ‘a friend of mine from the old BBC days’. He says in the interview:
“He was saying the other day, ‘Oh, come home’. But the truth is, you’d struggle on the BBC now. It’s so unbelievably right on. You just couldn’t say anything which I make my living from saying.”
In the same interview, he accused the BBC of being very limited in their show production, and having a closed mind for new ideas. He also slated the BBC by stating that they’d freeze out presenters that aren’t politically correct.
“I think it is becoming very, very restrictive, which is a shame, because it [the BBC] is a good idea,” he said.
Clarkson has recently returned from filming the next episode of The Grand Tour, which will be set in Scotland with Richard Hammond and James May alongside him as usual. Here, they travelled from Edinburgh to the Hebrides in three old American cars, which were spotted towing trailers and later with performance modifications.
We’re very excited to see where this Scotland adventure takes us, and even more excited to see the new Madagascar Special which will be released later this year, according to Amazon.