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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. 



Biography by Contactmusic.com

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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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'Cigarettes And Gravy-Mix Delivered By Helicopter': Jeremy Clarkson's Diva Demands


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Jeremy Clarkson reportedly made some serious diva-style demands during a stay in Auckland, New Zealand. Accommodation manager Ed Coutts has spilled on some of the former ‘Top Gear’ host's outlandish requests, which included gravy-mix and cigarettes delivered by helicopter.

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Speaking to the New Zealand Heard, Coutts said that during one of Clarkson’s visits to Auckland's Waiheke Island, he sent a helicopter to Auckland for things like cigarettes, gravy-mix and even a Monopoly game when the local shops were closed.

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Chris Evans Confirms When 'Top Gear' Will Be Back On Our Screens


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New ‘Top Gear’ host Chris Evans has confirmed when the relaunched series will be back on the BBC. The presenter is currently filming for the new series, after landing the gig following the departure of Jeremy Clarkson, James May and Richard Hammond.

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Speaking on BBC show, 'Saturday Kitchen' with James Martin, Evans revealed that the show will return on May 5th, next year. The presenter also added that the team had "already started making the films" and that "the films are good".

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Jeremy Clarkson Is Back On The Beeb At Christmas


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There was one point in Jeremy Clarkson’s career where no one thought he would ever be de-throned from his top spot at the BBC. Fast forward a few months and a fracas later and Clarkson at the BBC seems more unlikely than Clarkson in a bad car.

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However, fans of the former Top Gear presenter will get a chance to see the lanky chap back on the Beeb as part of a Top Gear Christmas special - featuring all of the best bits from the show fronted by Clarkson, May and Hammond.

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Spot At Hotel Where Jeremy Clarkson Punched 'Top Gear' Producer Marked With Plaque


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The North Yorkshire hotel that played host to the infamous ‘fracas’ that ended Jeremy Clarkson’s career with ‘Top Gear’ and the BBC earlier this year has been given a commemorative plaque by one of its guests marking the brawl.

Simonstone Hall, which was ‘Top Gear’s base for a few days during filming of the last series back in March 2015, became the centre of a media storm when it emerged that Clarkson had punched Oisin Tymon, one of the show’s producers, after an argument about the lack of hot food at the end of a day of filming escalated into a loud barrage of abuse and then violence from the presenter.

Clarkson was then suspended, and later dropped, by the BBC as an internal investigation concluded that his behaviour warranted his contract not being renewed upon expiry, and as of May the 55 year old was free to go elsewhere.

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James May Reckons The Revived 'Top Gear' Will Be A "Credible Rival" To Amazon Show


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Though he’s just commenced filming the much-talked about Amazon Prime series along with Jeremy Clarkson and Richard Hammond, former ‘Top Gear’ co-presenter James May reckons that whatever the BBC comes up with in their absence will be a “credible rival” for their own show.

The 52 year old former BBC presenter, who along with Hammond followed Clarkson out of the door at the network after the latter was sacked following the infamous ‘fracas’ in March, appeared on ITV’s ‘This Morning’ and said that he wasn’t concerned about the competition from their former employers, according to the Mirror.

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Jeremy Clarkson And BBC Being Sued By 'Top Gear' Producer For Racial Discrimination And Personal Injury


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The producer assaulted by Jeremy Clarkson in the now-infamous fracas that led to the presenter’s expulsion from ‘Top Gear’ is suing the BBC and Clarkson himself for more than £100,000 for racial discrimination and personal injury.

Lawyers for Oisin Tymon, the 36 year old Irish producer punched by Clarkson during the incident, attended the Central London Employment Tribunal on Friday (November 13th) in a preliminary hearing alongside legal representatives for the network. Clarkson, who is setting up his own motoring show with former ‘Top Gear’ colleagues Richard Hammond and James May, was not required to attend.

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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.

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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).

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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

Date of birth

11th April, 1960

Occupation

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