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Wednesday 23 August 2017

Top Gear executive producer denies he's quitting after leaked 'au revoir' email

Jeremy Clarkson returns to his home in west London
Jeremy Clarkson returns to his home in west London
Screen grab taken from topgear.com of Top Gear producer Oisin Tymon

Top Gear’s executive producer has denied reports that he is quitting the show.

In a leaked email, Andy Wilman allegedly paid tribute to staff on the programme and everyone who has worked with him over the years.

Disclosed by the motoring news website Jalopnik, the email is reported to be entitled 'Au revoir'.

It reads: “At least we left ’em wanting more. And that alone, when you think about it, is quite an achievement for a show that started 13 years ago.

“We had a lot of laughs, we had a lot of tiffs. We went to amazing places and we went to some shitholes. We nearly killed a presenter, we had to run for the border.

"Throughout all this we made television that was beautiful to look at and beautiful to listen to. The work ethic never slipped, the desire for everyone in this dysfunctional family to do right by the show never faltered.

"Jeremy, Richard and James, as the visible tip of the iceberg, got most of the attention and praise, but you all in your own fields had such an immense hand in weaving this unforgettable tapestry."

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Screen grab taken from topgear.com of Top Gear producer Oisin Tymon

Oisin Tymon

Wilman’s notice comes after controversial host Jeremy Clarkson was sacked by the BBC for allegedly assaulting a producer.

It is understood that Wilman and Clarkson have been friends since school.

The former controversial host's co-presenters, James May and Richard Hammond, have both indicated they might also move on from the hugely profitable show.

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