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Thursday 17 August 2017

He's annoying, but Jeremy's lucrative

Following his latest gaff (allegedly punching Irish producer Oisin Tymon, inset), people have begun debating if Top Gear would survive without Jeremy Clarkson. There's a simple answer - no.

He ain't just an annoying, over-opinionated presenter. He's a driving force behind the show (and once owned a large chunk of it, as well as its live spin-offs and extensive merchandise).

Once upon a time, Top Gear was a simple motoring show, doing reviews of the latest Ford Sierra and assessments of the future of British Leyland. Clarkson was the man largely responsible for turning that into one of the BBC's biggest cash cows. They'll still have a show if they can him. Just not for very long.

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