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Top Gear's James May on Jeremy Clarkson's Firing: 'Apparently, They've Shot Him'

By Dustin Rowles | Industry | March 26, 2015 |

By Dustin Rowles | Industry | March 26, 2015 |

I’ve seen ‘Top Gear’ a little here and there on YouTube for work purposes, but I don’t really go in for that sort of thing, though I do know that the BBC series is massively popular worldwide. As many of you know, it’s lead host Jeremy Clarkson was sacked this week after an altercation with a producer over, apparently, a cold plate of food. Clarkson may or may not have punched the producer, which led to his firing (cursing out his BBC bosses didn’t help).

Anyway, I bring to your attention the response of Top Gear co-host Jeremy May not because it’s particularly newsworthy, but because it’s such a refreshing alternative to the kind of PR doublespeak we get from those involved in scandal over here in the States.

May, who doesn’t really want to talk about it — having only just found out — nevertheless continues to answer questions, and even suggests a replacement for Clarkson who he thinks is a “knob,” but would be quite good at it, anyway.

It also sounds like May and Clarkson were a package deal, which means May may also be leaving the show.

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