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Jeremy Clarkson (born 11 April 1960) Jeremy Clarkson is an English broadcaster, journalist and writer specialising in motoring, who is most famous for his role as a presenter for the BBC motoring show Top Gear. For over a decade he has been known as a public personality appearing on a wide variety of programmes and writing a variety of pieces for newspapers. His humour and outspoken views have frequently provoked public reaction, sometimes causing criticism from a wide range of backgrounds. However, he has also gained a wide fan base over the years, and is credited with transforming Top Gear into the one of the most popular and most watched shows the BBC have ever produced. 

Net Worth: In March 2015 The Independent Newspaper claimed Clarkson's net worth was estimated to be £30 million.

Career: Clarkson began his writing career by training as a journalist and writing for Rotherham Advertiser, Rochdale Observer, Wolverhampton Express and Star, Lincolnshire Life, Shropshire Star and the Associated Kent Newspapers. The Shropshire Star has been credited by Clarkson as the place where he made his first breakthrough as a motoring columnist. 

By 1984 Clarkson had founded the Motoring Press Agency through which he performed road tests for motoring magazines and local newspapers. This progressed to pieces for publications such as Performance Car and Top Gear magazine. Up to present day Clarkson continues to write a variety of articles for broadsheet newspaper The Sunday Times and tabloid The Sun. 

Clarkson's most major television role has been as one of the presenters on the British Motoring show Top Gear from October 1988 to February 2000 (in its early format) and from October 2002 to March 2015 in the programme's new format alongside co-presenters James May and Richard Hammond. Top Gear is recognised on an international scale, as the show is rebroadcast to over 100 countries around the world. 

Alongside Top Gear, Clarkson has also presented the first series of Robot Wars in the UK, ran a talk show entitled Clarkson between 1998 and 2000, and presented documentaries based on non-motoring themes like History and Engineering. Clarkson has also expressed his opinions on television shows such as Room 101, Parkinson, Friday Night with Jonathan Ross, Grumpy Old Men, Have I Got News for You and Question Time. 

Aside from the success of Top Gear, Clarkson has also had a number of achievements in other areas. In 2005, Clarkson was awarded an honorary Doctor of Engineering degree from the Oxford Brookes University. 2007 saw Clarkson win the National Television Awards Special Recognition Award. The same year it was reported that Clarkson earned £1 million a year for his role as a Top Gear presenter, and a further £1.7 million from books, DVDs and newspaper columns. An internet petition was submitted on the Prime Minister's Number 10 website to "Make Jeremy Clarkson Prime Minister". It had attracted 49,446 signatures by the time it was closed. On Motor Trend Magazine's Power List for 2011, listing the fifty most influential figures in the automotive industry, Clarkson was ranked 49th. 

Personal life: Clarkson was the son of a teacher and a travelling salesman. His parents originally ran a business selling tea cosies but later expanded their business to selling stuffed toys - this expansion is what funded their son's private school education. Clarkson was eventually expelled from Repton School. Until his voice broke, Clarkson played the role of a public schoolboy in a BBC radio Children's Hour show. In 1989 he married Alexandra James (now Hall) but the two separated after six months. Four years later he married his manager Frances Cain in Fulham. The two lived in the Cotswolds with their three children. Clarkson's second wife reportedly filed divorce proceedings in April 2014. 

Clarkson's beliefs and views branch into a number of areas, from politics to the environment and cultural concerns. He openly opposes any government which tries to impose regulation and reduce what he regards as personal freedom. He was against the smoking and fox hunting bans established through labour governments and often criticises proposals such as road charging - he regularly highlights John Prescott the former transport minister for ridicule. Clarkson was invited to attend Margaret Thatcher's funeral in 2013. Clarkson has also held beliefs on the fear of 'hoodies' and intimidating adolescents, and in 2007 he was cleared of allegations of assaulting a hoodie in Milton Keynes. 

Clarkson is also against the cause of the green movement and organisations such as Greenpeace. Whilst he doubts whether the impact of global warming will be as negative as it's made out, he also believes that a gradual and quiet attempt to be more eco-friendly on a daily basis is something that people should do. Many believe that Clarkson's public persona doesn't necessarily reflect his personal views. The BBC has also stressed on several occasions that these are Jeremy's views and not those of the BBC. 

Throughout his career Clarkson has become increasingly well-known for his controversial statements both inside and outside of his work with the BBC. Some of these incidents on Top Gear include a joke involving lorry drivers in 2008, jokes involving Indian culture in 2012, and ethnic slurs in 2013 and 2014.

On the 25th of March 2015 it was revealed that Clarkson's contract with the BBC would not be renewed following him physically and verbally attacking a Top Gear producer at a hotel. 



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Jeremy Clarkson Hated Hospital So Much He Was Suicidal


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As flippant as he has been about his stay in hospital, Jeremy Clarkson has revealed that his struggle with pneumonia was a lot more serious than he initially made out. However, the subsequent boredom made him more of a danger to himself than any illness could.

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The 57-year-old 'Grand Tour' presenter fell ill on holiday in Mallorca recently having come down with a bad case of pneumonia. In fact, the lung infection was so bad that the doctors told him he could die if he left hospital, despite the fact that all Jeremy wanted to do was get back to work.

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Jeremy Clarkson Has Pneumonia - But He Shouldn't Expect Sympathy From Co-Stars


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Jeremy Clarkson isn't having quite the vacation he expected in Majorca this month. In fact, it looks like he'll spend the rest of it in hospital as he is currently being treated for a bad case of pneumonia. Though it looks as though his main concern is having his first sick day in almost 40 years.

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The 57-year-old 'Grand Tour' presenter was rushed to hospital on Friday morning (August 4th 2017) (while on holiday with his family, and is currently hooked up to a bunch of tubes and in a wheelchair as doctors treat him for the lung infection. Needless to say, he's remains in relatively good spirits and joked about his predicament on social media.

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Richard Hammond's Injury Will Affect 'The Grand Tour', Says Clarkson


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The planned second series of ‘The Grand Tour’ will inevitably be affected by Richard Hammond’s broken knee that he sustained in a recent high-speed car crash, his colleague Jeremy Clarkson has admitted.

47 year old Hammond was extremely fortunate to escape with his life after he careered off a Swiss mountainside at 120mph in his £2 million electric supercar, which burst into flames.

While he sustained little more than a broken knee in terms of injuries, it does mean that he is currently unable to drive, putting a big question mark over the second series of his Amazon Prime show ‘The Grand Tour’, which he co-hosts with his former ‘Top Gear’ colleagues Clarkson and James May.

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Richard Hammond Apologises To His Wife And Daughters After Dramatic High Speed Crash


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Grand Tour TV presenter and self-confessed daredevil, Richard Hammond, has apologised to his wife and daughters after barely surviving another high-speed car crash. As one third of the Clarkson, May and Hammond trio, the 46-year-old was filming in Switzerland and lost control of a Rimac Concept One electric car while taking part in the famous Hemburg time-trial.

Richard Hammond and wife MindyRichard Hammond apologised to his wife, Mindy, for getting caught up in another car crash

As Hammond approached a tight bend he appeared to lose control and the vehicle - travelling at 220mph - careered off the road.

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Jeremy Clarkson at The Sun Military Awards 2016 (Millies) held at the Guildhall, London, United Kingdom - Wednesday 14th December 2016

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Jeremy Clarkson Reveals South Africa As First Location For 'The Grand Tour'


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Jeremy Clarkson has revealed that the very first episode of his new Amazon Prime motoring show ‘The Grand Tour’ will be filmed in Johannesburg in South Africa.

After months of deliberating over what they were going to call their new show, Clarkson and his old ‘Top Gear’ co-hosts Richard Hammond and James May revealed last month that the gigantic-budget series will be called ‘The Grand Tour’ and that it would document their usual brand of vehicular mayhem in various locations around the world.

Jeremy ClarksonJeremy Clarkson's 'The Grand Tour' will be stopping first in the South African city of Johannesburg

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Jeremy Clarkson Makes Light Of BBC Exit In New Amazon Advert


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Jeremy Clarkson might have found a new home on Amazon’s streaming service, but that doesn't mean he’s left his past with the BBC completely behind him. In the new advert for the Amazon Fire TV stick, the former ‘Top Gear’ host is shown making fun of his BBC sacking and of course, he’s isn't particularly subtle.

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The advert shows Clarkson riding in on a segway as he promotes the new Fire TV Stick. "Back in the spring, as you probably remember, I suddenly became unbusy. And that was OK because I had one of these, an Amazon Fire TV stick,” Clarkson says.

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Jeremy Clarkson To Face Argentinian Jail Over Licence Plate Controversy?


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A court in Argentina is re-opening a criminal investigation against Jeremy Clarkson and ‘Top Gear’, with regard to the controversial Christmas special episode set in the South American state, with prosecutors seeking a three-year sentence for the former presenter.

Clarkson and his ‘Top Gear’ colleague Richard Hammond and James May sparked fury in the southern-most province of Tierra Del Fuego in October last year, when Clarkson drove the whole 1,400 mile trip in a red Porsche with the licence plate H982 FKL – taken to be a reference to the Falklands War between Argentina and Britain by irate locals and veterans of the conflict.

Jeremy ClarksonJeremy Clarkson being interviewed by new 'Top Gear' host Chris Evans in 2015

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Chris Evans Has His New Top Gear Team


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The Top Gear presenting line-up - it’s had more drama than the cobbles of Corrie and the square of Eastenders. Since Jeremy Clarkson had his contract ended with the BBC One show after a fracas with a producer, there’s been rumours (Jodie Kidd), possibilities (Jensen Button) and definite nos (Sue Perkins, who had to quit Twitter after the trolls told her they didn’t want to see her on the show).

Chris EvansChris Evans has picked a team for the new Top Gear series

Now Chris Evans, the one constant since the trio of Clarkson, May and Hammond left, has revealed that the newest line-up has been picked and there will be “announcements pending”.

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Jeremy Clarkson Thought About Doing "Nothing At All" After 'Top Gear' Exit, Until Netflix Offer


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Jeremy Clarkson has said he considered doing “nothing at all” after his axing from 'Top Gear' earlier this year, until Amazon Prime came to the rescue. Writing in his Sunday Times column, Clarkson also said he had no idea that his co-hosts James May and Richard Hammond would refuse to do the show without him.

Jeremy ClarksonJeremy Clarkson considered doing “nothing at all”, after ‘Top Gear’ axing.

Writing about his feelings in the days after his firing, Clarkson said, “I didn’t really know what I was going to do. A large part of me considering the appealing option of ‘nothing at all’. A smaller part thought I should change tack and do a programme about farming.”

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Jeremy Clarkson 'Entered Rehab For Stress' After 'Top Gear' Axing


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Jeremy Clarkson has revealed he was sent to rehab over the summer, following his sacking from ‘Top Gear’. The presenter said he was ordered to take a "complete break” by doctors, due to the stress of dealing with his exit from the BBC series. Clarkson left the show in March following a much publicised 'fracas' with producer, Oisin Tymon.

Jeremy ClarksonJeremy Clarkson has revealed he entered rehab for stress over the summer.

Writing in his Sunday Times column Clarkson said, 'Back in the summer it was decided by people with serious faces and stethoscopes that I needed a complete break. And they weren't talking about two weeks in the sun with a book, and a million cocktail parties every night. They were talking about a whole month in the Stone Age.’

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Jeremy Clarkson - Jeremy Clarkson out in West London - London, United Kingdom - Tuesday 28th April 2015

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Jeremy Clarkson and Phillipa Sage - Jeremy Clarkson arriving at London Heathrow Airport with girlfriend Phillipa Sage after a flight from Istanbul at Heathrow airport - London, United Kingdom - Monday 20th April 2015

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View - Press outside Jeremy Clarkson's Apartment - London, United Kingdom - Wednesday 11th March 2015

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Jeremy Clarkson and Michelle Jenneke - Top Gear Festival Sydney 2014 - Sydney, Australia - Sunday 9th March 2014

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Jeremy Clarkson

Date of birth

11th April, 1960

Occupation

TV Presenter

Sex

Male

Height

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