• Jul 24, 2007

The BBC was reportedly evaluating producing an American version of its hit show Top Gear with the existing British cast. The show's star lead host Jeremy Clarkson, however, apparently having seen enough of the U.S. after filming the show's road trip through the South, has nixed the idea.

The proposal would have involved Clarkson, together with his co-stars Richard Hammond, James May and The Stig, flying stateside for four months to embark upon a hectic filming schedule, a prospect which didn't tantalize Clarkson, to say the least. On top of other concerns, Jezza reportedly wouldn't want to leave his family behind for such a long period of time.

For their part, the BBC hasn't given up, and will undoubtedly look at other possibilities, with or without Clarkson. Stay tuned.

Thanks for the tip, Derek!

[Source: The Sun via PistonHeads]



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      • 7 Years Ago
      I like to watch Top Gear clips that are on Youtube, but the "everything American is rubbish" attitude wears really thin.

      Like how Hamster dynoed the GT500 and when, big surprise, it didn't deliver 500hp to the wheels, since we all know that power is lost on the way there, he takes out a marker and writes almost after the "GT500" on the door. I felt like punching the skinny idiot.

      And how Clarkson constantly rips on everything American as absolute crap, but last time I checked the Brits are the ones who've had all their car companies fail, and the ones that are left are owned by....... American companies! (Cept for the recent sale of Aston). Yet Clarkson drives a Ford GT!

      They are a bunch of hypocritical wankers, but there isn't a better car show on TV.
        • 7 Years Ago
        Actually, Clarson sold it last season because...... IT NEVER WORKED!

        If the Italians with all their wine boozing can make some of the best supercars, why can't workaholic Americans?

        Prolly because of the UAW :-p
        • 7 Years Ago
        Ah, I wasn't aware he sold it. But my point is he rips everything American then went and bought an American car.

        I almost forgot the time he took a Hummer H1 to some quaint country village in Northern England, then when he could barely drive down the streets with it he called it a stupid big American piece of garbage. He purposely rigs all those tests in places to make the American cars look like crap. Why doesn't he take the Hummer off-roading like it was designed for?
        • 7 Years Ago
        He doesn't think all American cars are crap. You must realize that indeed, a lot of American cars are "rubbish." We, for the most part, don't know how to make a good car.

        However, there are exceptions - just look up reviews of the Vette Z06, the Ford GT, etc. Clarkson may have had problems with his GT (hilarious), but he loves it, and will applaud it despite its shortcomings.

        And yes, he did give it back and get a Gallarado - but he missed his GT so much that he went back sometime later and bought another one. The Ford GT is the exception to the "American cars are crap" line.

        The flaws are funny, but most supercars are riddled with problems and unreliable. That just comes with the territory of buying a supercar.
        • 7 Years Ago
        Actually, Clarson sold it last season because...... IT NEVER WORKED! - Adeas

        If memory serves, from earlier posts on this blog, wasn't it all the British electronic gimcracks added to the car later that failed? If so, the jokes write themselves.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Top Gear without Clarkson? Yeah right!

      Some years ago Clarkson walked out of the old Top Gear show and said no more, stating that it had become to stale and frankly, boring.

      Time passed and eventually the BBC crawled back to him saying that he could do the show his way without any tampering on their part. That has to be the best move the BBC's ever done.

      Clarkson and his mates are the funniest most entertaining thing on TV. Period!

      Kudos also to Clarkson not settling for a bland and politicaly correct product.
      • 7 Years Ago
      why not just start a compltely new american Top gear, but with new hosts, a new name, but same concept, and air it on Speed tv
      • 7 Years Ago
      "but last time I checked the Brits are the ones who've had all their car companies fail"

      Pretty much all Brittish companies in the end were owned by foreigners, including those that failed.

      Clarkson doesnt drive a Ford GT anymore either. After his initial impression with it and after he went and bought one, he thought it was crap. Broke down all the time, ridiculous gas milage with a small tank.
      So now he's ordered (dont know if he already has it) a Gallardo Spyder.

      The reason they shouldnt do an American Top Gear is simple. American cars only "work"... in America. Well, maybe Australia, but that's about it. BBC Top Gear as it is applies to a wide audience.
      • 7 Years Ago
      I would love for them to show the UK Top Gear on BBC America

      Alas, all they have is repeats of cash in the attic, changing rooms, and bargain hunt
      • 7 Years Ago
      Common BS of all you non Americans and those living here driving around in riceburners telling us on a USA blog what the hell cars are all about.

      That british shows stinks and they know nothing about Americans and what we like in cars.

      Your cars have no style, no balls and your more concerned about what the dash looks like then what the horsepower is.

      Brits should spend more time figuring out why they have the most spy camera and red light ticket machines then the rest of the world.

      That Clarkson is a pumpus bore who cannot even figure out why a rear fascia is made to be soft and bounce back if hit at slow speeds as he bitched and made fun of the Corvette.

      Lastly those on that show drive like a dork and we'd eat their lunch on any race track.
      • 7 Years Ago
      How about getting some of the F1-transplants from NASCAR and/or CART?

      • 7 Years Ago
      That trip down south is certainly the FUNNIEST episode ever
        • 7 Years Ago
        I live in Cypress, Texas, been there done that. Staged as can be. Your as ignorant as a stereotypical "redneck" if you believed that.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Why don't they just show the Brit version on US BBC?

      • 7 Years Ago
      If you continue to put forth the idea that the South episode of Top Gear is true, then you're as stupid as Clarkson makes out Americans to be.

      When asked if the episode was true, Clarkson said "every bit of it is completely true" and his producer said the same thing.

      And yet, in one scene Clarkson shows up with a cow on his car that weighs 800 lbs. It's so heavy, he can't even get it OFF his car alone. How do you think he "found it on the roadside" and put it on his car? Then he pretends to proceed to eat a cow he allegedly found lying in the sun.

      It's a particular form of British humor. He's having you on and doing it with a straight face. The joke of it is really when people believe it. You become the punchline.

      Don't be Clarkson's punchline.

      It was a funny episode. I don't think it was the funniest ever, but it had a lot of great moments. I think there's a good chance the US version would have sucked anyway. They should give up on the UK trio and go after Leno. He's a car guy, he'd make a great host.
        • 7 Years Ago
        Read Clarkson's statements again. He said every bit was absolutely true. This is a tip-off to someone who understands this kind of humor.

        When he tells provable lies and you continue to believe him, the joke is on you. I'm sure Clarkson is glad to have a continuous supply of foils such as yourself.
        • 7 Years Ago
        I think everyone knows stuff like the cow was entirely staged, it's more the behaviour and reactions of the Americans that is largely true with a couple scripted parts to add to the entertainment.
      • 7 Years Ago
      They should definitely come to Canada... they'd love it here...
      • 7 Years Ago
      The Discovery Channel used to run the UK version of Top Gear on at like 3am. I loved it, so what if Clarkson bashed American cars, just watching the show doesn't mean you have to 'buy what they're selling'. I enjoyed the antics, the stories and the autos. Best part was you could see some of the cars we don't get to see in the states. I'd be happy if Discovery or Speed picked it back up and aired reruns or whatever.
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