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Jeremy Clarkson

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Jeremy Charles Robert Clarkson (born 11 April 1960) is an English broadcaster and writer who specialises in motoring. He writes weekly columns for The Sunday Times and The Sun, but is better known for his role on the BBC TV show Top Gear. The show won an International Emmy in 2005. He and James May were the first people to reach the magnetic North Pole in a car, which was aired in a Top Gear special on the 25 July 2007 on BBC Two.

The Economist, on the subject of road pricing in UK, has also described him as a "skilful propagandist for the motoring lobby".

In spite of his penchant for fast driving and high performance cars, Clarkson has been reported as having a clean licence. Nonetheless, he is not reluctant to discuss driving fast; in a November 2005 article in The Sunday Times, Clarkson wrote, while discussing the Bugatti Veyron, "On a recent drive across Europe I desperately wanted to reach the top speed but I ran out of road when the needle hit 240mph", and later, in the same article, "From the wheel of a Veyron, France is the size of a small coconut. I cannot tell you how fast I crossed it the other day. Because you simply wouldn’t believe me".

Although closely associated with motoring, Clarkson has appeared on and hosted a number of shows on other topics. For three years Clarkson had his own chat show, Clarkson, on which he offended the Welsh by placing a 3D plastic map of Wales into a microwave oven and switching it on. He later defended this by saying "I put Wales in there because Scotland wouldn't fit". Similarly, he once removed the USA from a map and renamed the resultant space the 'South Canada Sea'. Clarkson also hosted a six part series, Jeremy Clarkson Meets the Neighbours, in which he took a Jaguar E-type around Europe visiting France, Germany, Spain, the Netherlands, Belgium and Italy. The programme explored the stereotypes of each of the countries to see whether or not they were true.

After the dismissal of Angus Deayton, Clarkson was one of a number of guest hosts recruited to present the topical panel show, Have I Got News for You. He was the first such host never to have previously been a guest of the programme. As of 13 April 2007, he has presented the show five times and been a guest once. Clarkson has also appeared as a guest on the BBC series QI 4 times, 'winning' twice. He also presented an episode of Never Mind the Buzzcocks, notable for the absence of long time host Mark Lamarr, featuring guests Jim Jeffries, Trisha Goddard, Rick Wakeman, and Anthony Costa, on 13 August 2006.

In March 2004 at the British Press Awards, he cursed at Morgan and punched him. Morgan says it has left him with a scar above his left eyebrow. Clarkson has always denied this. In 2006 Morgan revealed that the feud was over, saying "There should always be a moment when you finally down cudgels, kiss and make up."

In February 2004 while filming Top Gear, Clarkson rammed a 30-year-old horse chestnut tree with a Toyota Hilux pickup truck to demonstrate how rugged the vehicle was. This led to the BBC having to compensate the local parish council who, until they saw the Top Gear broadcast, thought that the damage had been caused by local vandals.


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