In the TV star’s first interview since it was revealed he would no longer front the top-rating show again, Clarkson expressed sadness that the 12-year stint of Top Gear’s second incarnation had come to an end.
The BBC announced earlier this year that it would not renew Clarkson’s contract after a physical altercation with a producer on the show.
"[Top Gear] was very much my baby, I absolutely adored it,” Clarkson said. “I worked all the time on it, all through the night and paid attention to every tiny bit."
"And then suddenly you are not asked to do that anymore, you do feel there is a big hole which does need to be filled."
Clarkson said he was equally saddened by his departure from Top Gear and being sidelined by the BBC after 27 years, saying the broadcaster had some “dreadful people” but also some “really talented, brilliant people”, declaring “I will never complain about [the BBC]”.
When questioned on a potential future car-related show for television, Clarkson joked that he and former co-hosts Richard Hammond and James May were working on a “flower show”, before admitting he had no idea what the future would hold for the trio.
Clarkson said he has fielded phone calls from television broadcasters interested in signing him up, but added he would be “a fool to jump into something”.
In the meantime, a ‘replacement’ show of sorts for Top Gear Live is about to begin touring the world (including Australia) under the new name “Clarkson, Hammond And May Live”.
BBC Radio 2 hosted Clarkson for his first public chat about the incident that led to his dismissal, and announcer Chris Evans was the interviewer.
Evans was widely tipped to be on the shortlist as a potential replacement for Clarkson to front a revamped version of Top Gear on the BBC starting next year, but the radio announcer insists he is not available.
Clarkson’s former co-hosts in Hammond and May are all-but confirmed as having abandoned Top Gear, rather than continue on without Clarkson or with a new host in Clarkson’s place.
May in particular has said he is unlikely to go back to Top Gear without Clarkson. In the meantime, Jodie Kidd has been mentioned along with Evans in recent reports as another of the show’s potential new hosts.
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