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.
Filming for the new Amazon show was scheduled to begin in South Africa on Friday (July 15).
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.
Jeremy Clarkson is nervous about recording ‘The Grand Tour’
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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The presenters were informed of Evans' departure while they were shooting 'The Grand Tour' in Italy this week.
Former ‘Top Gear’ presenters Jeremy Clarkson and James May are said to be rather pleased that the beleaguered Chris Evans announced his departure from the re-vamped BBC show earlier this week, with the latter saying he was “very chuffed” at Evans’ failure.
May and Clarkson, along with co-presenter Richard Hammond, have been filming an episode of their upcoming Amazon Prime show ‘The Grand Tour’ in the northern Italian city this week. On Monday, Evans resigned as presenter of the new ‘Top Gear’ after it flopped in the ratings, and the two ex-presenters are reportedly having a laugh about it when told.
James May is apparently "very chuffed" at the disastrous new series of 'Top Gear'
A prize draw is currently the only way to get tickets for filming of the UK episode of 'The Grand Tour', arriving on Amazon Prime this autumn.
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.
Clarkson, Hammond and May's new show 'The Grand Tour' is coming to the UK
The pair were famously combative when they presented Top Gear
Former Top Gear presenters Jeremy Clarkson and James May were known for their difference of opinion on the motoring show but the pair have come together for one thing and admitted it may the only thing they have ever agreed on: the UK remaining in the EU.
Jeremy Clarkson and James May met with the Prime Minister, David Cameron
The duo gave Prime Minister David Cameron a guide around their TV production company which is in the final stages of perfecting their new Amazon Prime show, The Grand Tour, which will also include former Top Gear presenter Richard Hammond.
The video of Clarkson assembling a DHL box has received better reviews from fans than the new series of ‘Top Gear’.
Jeremy Clarkson’s new Amazon Prime series which will rival ‘Top Gear’ hasn't even premiered yet, but the host has found another way of stealing the spotlight from Chris Evans. On Twitter Clarkson has shared a video of himself trying to assemble a cardboard DHL box, which according to fans was more entertaining to watch than the new ‘Top Gear’.
https://t.co/WsWmjesJn4 via YouTube To celebrate our new sponsorship deal, I've done a thing.— Jeremy Clarkson (@JeremyClarkson) June 6, 2016
Clarkson's new Amazon Prime show 'The Grand Tour' has announced that its first stop will be the South African city of Johannesburg.
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 Clarkson's 'The Grand Tour' will be stopping first in the South African city of Johannesburg
Clarkson's new show with Richard Hammond and James May will be called 'The Grand Tour'.
On Wednesday afternoon (May 11th), Clarkson wrote on Twitter: “Start the smoke. We have a name”. The title was then revealed, apparently a reference to their intention to host each episode in a different city across the world and the copious number of filming locations already used - including northern Africa, Barbados, Portugal and London.
“So, the Grand Tour (GT for short) will come from a tent, which we will put up in a different location every week. Your town?” another tweet read soon afterwards.
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
The BBC show’s new host says Clarkson is still one of his heroes even though he hasn't seen him in ages.
‘Top Gear’ host Chris Evans has described the sacking of his predecessor Jeremy Clarkson as ‘bizarre’. Clarkson was fired from the BBC show last year, after a ‘fracas’ in which he punched producer Oisin Tymon, but Evans said he’s surprised that it was that incident which ended his ‘Top Gear’ run.
Chris Evans says Jeremy Clarkson’s ‘Top Gear’ exit was ‘bizarre’.
"What is fascinating is that he went for what he went for, considering what had gone on before,” Evans told GQ. If you look at the chronology of controversy of 'Top Gear' over the last five or six years, it is bizarre that he went for losing his rag over his dinner when there had been international incidents before that…”
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Clarkson, May and Hammond still haven't found a title for their upcoming motoring show.
Jeremy Clarkson has revealed he's spent thousands of pounds consulting lawyers while trying to come up with a name for his new Amazon Prime series and he’s still no closer to finding a title. Writing in his column for the Sunday Times, Clarkson said most of his suggestions have been ruled out by legal advisors who say they have already been trademarked.
Jeremy Clarkson still can't find a name for upcoming Amazon Prime series.
“I spend at least six hours a day in my office — which is insured and smoke-free and resplendent with potted plants — sucking creatively on a corporate Biro as I wait for the daily 3pm ‘Anything yet?’ phone call from Amazon in Los Angeles,” he wrote.
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The 80s were not kind to the three presenters.
Jeremy Clarkson has posted an epic throwback picture, showing just how much he and co-presenters James May and Richard Hammond have changed over the past few decades. The trio, who are still working on a name for their upcoming Amazon Prime show, sported some dodgy haircuts and made some questionable fashion choices back in the 80s, but fans can decide which one came out looking the worst.
Two of us come out of this badly. But the other.... Holy Shit pic.twitter.com/LXe0hTcOAv— Jeremy Clarkson (@JeremyClarkson) April 18, 2016
Date of birth
11th April, 1960
@conorjtwomey Not on my test car they didn't
Everyone hard at work in the Grand Tour offices except @MrJamesMay who has a poorly finger. It's not 1974.
@MrJamesMay Get back to work
@MrJamesMay Sorry I couldn't take part in this debate. I was working
@deCristian_ The Autumn
@brooke It explodes
How small does your penis have to be? https://t.co/Qy3zG0EoOW
@adrpz Yup. Now name the others
@jflecken141 You are on thin ice there sir
Wednesday afternoon. The Grand Tour. Chiswick. Rog and Wilko https://t.co/3fMtCFxjxl
Everyone, including me, criticises @British_Airways when they get it wrong so fair's fair. Perfect tonight.
He will have to fucking sober up first https://t.co/zC0LC6vgOm
The work simply never stops on The Grand Tour https://t.co/9FFrHAH41z
@nigelpauley You are NOT a hack
Big argument. Hacks don't use Macs. The end.
RT @MrJamesMay: I'm sorry, I forgot to wave. #GrandTour #Josie https://t.co/XLrwof27fu
RT @RichardHammond: So, today we opened our new office. In South Africa this week. Next week ... ? https://t.co/xmlsK8tTfg
Some people came to see our first ever Grand Tour show today. God I love Johannesburg https://t.co/KEUnnyEtJZ