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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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Richard Hammond Comes Under Fire From Viewers For Gay Ice Cream Joke On 'The Grand Tour'


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‘The Grand Tour’ presenter Richard Hammond has come under fire from viewers, after describing ice cream as a food only for gay people during the latest episode of the Amazon Prime series.

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Hammond’s bizarre comment came during a segment where he chatted with fellow presenters Jeremy Clarkson and James May about a Rolls Royce, in front of a live studio audience.

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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 Claims He Was Barred From Flight By Airport Worker


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Jeremy Clarkson has claimed he was barred from boarding a flight in Stuttgart, Germany by an angry airport worker.

Speaking to The Sun, ‘The Grand Tour’ host claimed an Argentinian airport employee shouted at him “I’m from Argentina so f*** you!”, as he prevented him and co-hosts Richard Hammond and James May from boarding.

However a spokesman for Stuttgart Airport disputed Clarkson’s version of events and said the host had missed several calls for his flight and that the employee in question is Spanish, not Argentinian.

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Amazon Prepares To Launch 'The Grand Tour' With Crashed Cars In London And Berlin


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Jeremy Clarkson, Richard Hammond and James May’s long-awaited new show ‘The Grand Tour’ finally hits Amazon Prime this Friday.

To promote the show’s launch, the streaming service are continuing the trio’s tradition of pulling stunts, by leaving ‘crashed’ cars in London and Berlin.

First Trailer For Jeremy Clarkson's 'The Grand Tour' Released


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There’s just over a month to go until Jeremy Clarkson’s long-awaited ‘The Grand Tour’ finally makes its debut, and the public has now gotten its first proper taste of the new motoring series with a brand new trailer.

Opening in a drizzly car park at a British racetrack, the 94-second clip features a broken arm, tanks blowing up vans and Clarkson trying to lead a camel up a ramp.

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Accidental Wedding Crasher Jeremy Clarkson Ends Up In The Middle Of Danny Dyer's Big Day


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Of all the hotels Jeremy Clarkson could have checked in to for a quiet weekend in Hampshire, he picked the one where Danny Dyer was hosting his wedding bash. The presenter accidentally found himself in the middle of Dyer’s all-night wedding party over the weekend, at the five-star Chewton Glen hotel in Hampshire.

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According to The Sun, Jeremy was just looking to relax during a break from his hectic filming schedule for ‘The Grand Tour’ and was stunned to find himself in the middle of Dyer’s wedding to longtime girlfriend Jo Mas.

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Jeremy Clarkson Is Nervous About Filming 'The Grand Tour'


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He’s filmed in front of a live audience thousands of times in his career, but former ‘Top Gear’ host Jeremy Clarkson has admitted he’s nervous about the recording of his new Amazon motoring series ‘The Grand Tour’. Clarkson will be fronting the show with his former ‘Top Gear’ colleagues James May and Richard Hammond and filming was scheduled to being in South Africa on Friday.

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Wiring in his weekly column for The Sun, Clarkson said: "We've done it hundreds of times. It should be easy. I should be relaxed. But tomorrow, in a field just outside Johannesburg, James May, Richard Hammond and I will record the first studio segment for our new show, 'The Grand Tour'. And I don’t mind telling you. I’m crapping myself.”

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Jeremy Clarkson's New Amazon Prime Show 'The Grand Tour' Coming To The UK


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After the low ratings suffered by the re-vamped ‘Top Gear’ over the last six weeks, that have already claimed one career casualty in the shape of Chris Evans, attention is now turning to the long-awaited rival Amazon Prime series fronted by Jeremy Clarkson, Richard Hammond and James May.

Following last month’s announcement that their show ‘The Grand Tour’ would be kicking off in the South African city of Johannesburg, Amazon Prime has announced that the programme would be filming in the UK at some point.

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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 - Jeremy Clarkson arrives at China Exchange in London. The former 'Top Gear' host and columnist at The Sun is to be interviewed about his highly anticipated Amazon series. at Gerrard Street London UK - London, United Kingdom - Tuesday 3rd May 2016

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Jeremy Clarkson Posts Picture Of Car "Accident" While Filming Amazon Show In Barbados


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Fans of Jeremy Clarkson’s reign on ‘Top Gear’ can be assured that the new Amazon Prime show will be as excessively silly as ever, after the presenter posted photographic evidence of a car wreck he was involved in during filming in Barbados.

The disgraced former BBC presenter, who was sacked after the legendary ‘fracas’ with a producer which occurred almost exactly a year ago on the last series of ‘Top Gear’, admitted that he wrote off one of the cars he was driving while shooting the new big-budget Amazon Prime series on the Caribbean island with trusty colleagues Richard Hammond and James May.

James May Says BBC Was "Harsh" To Broadcast 'Top Gear' Best Of Episodes


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Former ‘Top Gear’ presenter James May has criticised the BBC for broadcasting two ‘best of’ episodes over the Christmas period, just as new presenter Chris Evans is struggling to revive the motoring show without its star presenters later this year.

May, who will be unveiling the new, as yet untitled show alongside Jeremy Clarkson and Richard Hammond on Amazon Prime later in 2016, spoke to the Radio Times about his thoughts on the revived ‘Top Gear’ when it returns this year. He described the decision to air the special compilation ‘Top Gear: From A to Z’ episodes as “harsh”.

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Jeremy Clarkson

Date of birth

11th April, 1960

Occupation

TV Presenter

Sex

Male

Height

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