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BBC Stigs it to Top Gear’s Jeremy Clarkson

Company won’t renew contract after fight with producer.

by on Mar.25, 2015

The BBC fired Top Gear Host Jeremy Clarkson, left, after he punched a producer. The future of hosts James May and Richard Hammond, right, will return.

The world’s most famous, or infamous may be more appropriate now, automotive journalist, Jeremy Clarkson, the host of the BBC’s influential Top Gear has been given the boot.

Tony Hall, the BBC Director-General, said in a statement,  “It is with great regret that I have told Jeremy Clarkson today that the BBC will not be renewing his contract. It is not a decision I have taken lightly. I have done so only after a very careful consideration of the facts.

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“I know how popular the program is and I also know that this decision will divide opinion,” he added. “The main facts are not disputed by those involved. (more…)

Tesla Sues Top Gear

Battery car maker claims show “maliciously” lied about Tesla Roadster.

by on Mar.30, 2011

Top Gear's hosts shown pushing a Tesla back into their garage during the disputed program.

Battery car start-up Tesla Motors has sued the popular BBC program, “Top Gear,” claiming it maliciously lied about the company’s 2-seat Roadster.

The legal action, taken in the U.K. aims to have the widely-syndicated show stop rebroadcasting an episode in which one of Top Gear’s hosts claims the Tesla Roadster experienced a series of “breakdowns” while being tested.

A senior Tesla executive cites a comment made by Top Gear host Jeremy Clarkson claiming that, “in the real world, it doesn’t really work.”

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But that line, according to a blog by Tesla Vice President Ricardo Reyes, was “written before the cars were tested.”

In the Top Gear episode, the show claims their test vehicle ran out of power after just 55 miles, rather than the 211 Tesla claims, experienced catastrophic brake failure, overheated, and had to be pushed into a garage when it became inoperable.

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