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    I liked the show a lot more in past years than now.they recycle the same sketches and stories that the

    mayhem rings hollow and looks planned after a while.

    Maybe this whole "fracas" thing is just a stunt.

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    Personally, I cannot tolerate that garrulous, pompous ass JC, and I make it a point to never watch (or even consider watching) the show.
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    Well, beyond all expectations of some reasonable resolution the BBC has actually sacked Jeremy Clarkson. No word yet on what they plan other than the are going with a "top Gear" show next season. I thought that JC might have rights to the shows name but evidently not. I can't see the show being the same with him gone, even though I personally don't like him all that much, it gave the show an interesting edge. As for the "new" show, "Well, how hard could it be"?
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    BBC has also cancelled the rest of the current season. Rather than sacking JC they are not renewing his contract which has the same effect.

    It will be interesting to see where he and Hammond and May land. The other two's contract's expire in a couple of months and they have said they will not continue on TG without JC.

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    Seems that is there may be more afoot. Tymon, the assistant producer, appears to have had some kind of love hate relationship with Clarkson for quite some time. This was not the first time they threw down and has often traded insults and heated words. They would settle their differences by drinking themselves into a stupor, part as friends and then start the entire cycle over again. Tymon did not press charges or even comment on the incident and it was Clarkson who reported it to the BBC. No police charges had been pressed. The timing is also interesting as all the presenters on the show have their contracts to be renewed at the same time. As of date, May and Hammond have made comments suggesting that they will not continue with the show, despite the BBC expressing interest in keeping the show ongoing without Clarkson.

    My take is that Clarkson, whether you love him, hate him, or indifferent, is a valuable commodity. So egos aside, I believe May and Hammond also understand this. Let's face it, none of the copy cat shows such as 5th gear, Top Gear USA, or anything else has even come close. It is almost never the show that causes us to return each week, rather the personalities. Just like when Charlie Sheen had his meltdown and was replaced, the show was never the same and subsequently cancelled. But why go through all this drama to leave a show when the contracts were about to expire? One thought is all the renewed interest in the show which has become part of our routine weekly diet, and perhaps to prevent any backlash to the presenters as being money hungry and greedy. Whether it be for money, creative control, or what ever else, I believe the three can write their own ticket at this point and am sure that there is already a line forming at Clarkson's door or arrangements that had already been put in place. Plus great positioning as Clarkson is now looked upon as the victim and the BBC as the bad guys. But what ever the scenario, I have to believe the show will be back with the original presenters in one form or another.
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    I'm believe the success of the show is NOT based on the personalities of the 3 principals, but the outrageous, funny, unusual, wierd and unbelieveable premises that the segment is based on. Like putting steel wheels on a Jaguar convertible, to make a "Sports Train". How in the world did they get the British Government permission to run that on the railroad tracks? Likewise, cars racing jet airplanes, building a hovercraft, a home made electric car getting stuck in downtown London, etc.. The producers of the show are the reason the situations are so interesting.

    There is no doubt that the personalities of the three principals greatly help the success of the show, but I believe they could easily find a replacement for Jeremy Clarkson. Just advertise for a self centered, irritating jerk who knows a lot about cars, and can drive an expensive one without crashing it (too often).
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    Quote Originally Posted by powderbrake View Post
    I'm believe the success of the show is NOT based on the personalities of the 3 principals, but the outrageous, funny, unusual, wierd and unbelieveable premises that the segment is based on. Like putting steel wheels on a Jaguar convertible, to make a "Sports Train". How in the world did they get the British Government permission to run that on the railroad tracks? Likewise, cars racing jet airplanes, building a hovercraft, a home made electric car getting stuck in downtown London, etc.. The producers of the show are the reason the situations are so interesting.

    There is no doubt that the personalities of the three principals greatly help the success of the show, but I believe they could easily find a replacement for Jeremy Clarkson. Just advertise for a self centered, irritating jerk who knows a lot about cars, and can drive an expensive one without crashing it (too often).
    Time will tell, but usually that is not the case. Just look at any popular show that aired where the cast was drastically changed. The US Top Gear for example was supposed to be an exact copy using the UK formula, but it failed miserably and subsequently cancelled. So has any other show that tried to copy the same theme. Plus you cannot discount human behavior, we become familiar and comfortable with a certain dynamic or personality and anything that is substituted will ring false and be uncomfortable to watch. But TG was the brainchild of Clarkson and Andy Wilman, the Executive Producer, both had equal shares until Clarkson sold his stake for 20 million to the BBC in 2003. But my point is that what makes you believe the entire show was developed solely by the producers and Clarkson didn't have any creative input nor masterminded all of the plot lines? Outside of the Executive Producer, all the other producers are hired and fired at will as well as the writers. After all, the assistant producer in question was responsible for the catering for the crew. So no, I do not believe Clarkson will be so easy to replace and the BBC really shot themselves in the foot as no one was complaining about his actions, not the public nor the assistant producer who was punched.

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    I have to side with the thought that TG will not be the same now. Part of what makes the show great is the pranks they all play on each other. Those pranks build drama and I believe they can only exist with a group of guys that know each other well enough to cross all the grey lines, but never go too far. If you look at the first few seasons these didn't exist, the show was far more serious. The jokes was a result of evolution. I'm not sure the public will have patience for this to develop with a new host.

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    Clarkson, Hammond, and May are now hosting an on the road show that was planned before the drama unfolded. Needless to say, they will not be using the TG name nor able to use any product of the old show including the Stig. But it appears that this may be a good launching pad for a new series. Also it was reported that Andy Wilman (Exec Prod) has also resigned from the BBC. It's amazing how fast Clarkson got back on the air, if you didn't know better, it almost seems it was all planned lol.

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