• Sep 26th 2006 at 4:03PM
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From his hospital bed, Top Gear's Richard Hammond is asking the BBC to show on television the footage of the crash that put him there. But the BBC has said the show will only continue when Hammond is able to appear on it. With forces at work to have the show canceled (or prohibitively curtailed), the Hamster is also prepared to go on TV from his bedside.

In typical Top Gear fashion, Richard has been speeding down the fast lane towards full recovery, but he's afraid he won't be back fast enough, leaving no show for him to return to. According to a "close friend", "Richard could not stand to feel he was to blame for the demise of the show he loves... He's terrified they're going to axe it while he's stuck in hospital."

Now that's dedication to motor journalism.

Watch this space for more info as the parallel sagas of Richard's recovery and Top Gear's fight for survival unfold.

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[Source: The Daly Mail]

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      • 9 Years Ago
      I have a few friends who are PISSED about this whole cancellation idea. And I know there are a lot of people on here that are mad. I am. I honestly dont think the BBC understands what kind of following this show has.
      • 9 Years Ago
      top gear is the best car show in the world.
      get well hammond
      long live top gear
      • 9 Years Ago
      Once again...Thank your local lawyer!
      • 9 Years Ago
      For PrimeMinister!
      • 9 Years Ago
      Well I'm sure the BBC won't cancel or tone down the show. It is their highest rated show. The man who made Top Gear what it is today said he won't do the show without Richard. It is still too early to tell anything. The doctors are still concerned about his brain injury even though he has improved a lot. The critics can say what they want and keep using this as an example to cacnel or tone down the show, but this show will not die. Automotive companies need this show for advertisement and the ratings are huge! There is a huge following here in the U.S. and it doesn't even air here! If it does, its more watered down than Costco gas (from my experience).

      The critics have the big voice, but they only represent a small portion of the population.
      • 9 Years Ago
      • 9 Years Ago
      ...""dedication to motor journalism" ... As entertaining as TOP GEAR sometimes is, it is not 'journalism'. It is "Lifestyles of the Rich and Famous" for car nuts, which is not a bad thing. It is why, by any comparison, the USA'a PBS show "Motorweek" is absolutely the MOST boring show on TV ... But the Brit sense of humor is allowed to come through on TG. They run no news stories, they break no news, they interview no one. It's often a fun romp through the world of cars, though, but not 'journalism'. Let's not get carried away because of Hammond's wreck. That's like calling Steve Irwin "an environmentalist", when mostly what he did was annoy animals who simply wanted to get the hell away from him. Also, someone mentioned TG is not broadcast in the USA --- It is, regularly, on one of the cable networks, either Discovery or BBC ... can't remember which at the moment.
      • 9 Years Ago
      my comment on the petition:
      "hamster took the risk himself. no one forced him to. so y is topgear in danger? there are many plane crashes around the world every year,so would we close down the whole airline industry?"
      topgear is more popular than i imagined.
      my signature number is 34210 and a minute later 34271 signatures
      • 9 Years Ago
      He's unbelievable.
      • 9 Years Ago
      "...With forces at work to have the show canceled (or prohibitively curtailed)..."

      This is typical. The automobile is a symbol of individualism. Fast cars even more so. It is not surprising that the communists at the BBC are trying to pull the plug on the show by any means.
      • 9 Years Ago
      BBC won't cancel Top Gear but postpone it until Hammond will be on the show in some form (cause Hamster would do the show in a hospital bed if he could). The worst case scenario is the cancellation of this season, going on to continue next spring.

      Clarkson, Hammond and May won't have this show cancelled and I think the BBC can't afford to axe it. Neither will it be watered down as every bloodsucking producer knows that 'no compromises' is what made this show a success.

      In reply to #6: Bringing the show to the states would be the worst thing to do. For sure it never be nearly as honest about crap cars as they are now. Just watching some of your channels makes me sick.

      • 9 Years Ago
      Bring the whole lot to the USA...I think I can find an abandon runway and a sponsor or two.

      Screw the limeys
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