• Feb 6th 2009 at 10:28AM
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We're already aware that NBC essentially passed on producing Top Gear USA, but up until now, the reason behind the decision hasn't been clear. During an interview in Australia for Top Gear Live, Jeremy Clarkson was asked about the U.S. version of the program and said, in no uncertain terms, "That's been canned." Clarkson went on to say that when the program was focus-grouped, the viewers, "... just don't understand a single word we're on about. They just don't get it really."

The interview (video posted after the break) covers several other details about the show, the Stig and the typical Clarksonian blatherings you'd expect. But at this point, it's abundantly clear that Top Gear USA is dead, despite thousands of Stateside fans that do, in fact, "get it."

[Source: CarsGuide]


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      • 6 Years Ago
      I am the Stig's fat American cousin. I get it.
      • 6 Years Ago
      I had the pleasure of talking with Tanner Faust on January 31st after the end of the Sno*Drift Rally. He came in second at Sno*Drift. I asked him about Top Gear USA. He said that they have completed one episode, but the cost, complications from potential sponsors, and the edginess of the hosts were all deemed by networks to be issues. He didn't seem sure of when or if Top Gear USA would ever air. I remain hopeful that something of that ilk will air.

      Two long time friends and I have good chemistry, are funny, and are car enthusiasts. We would likely be willing to do far more for far less to have jobs as hosts of TG USA or an equivalent show.
      • 6 Years Ago
      I guess Australians just don't get it either. Its not really a big deal. We'll keep watching on the Internet. We don't get soccer either just like we don't expect you to get the NFL and NCAA. I say the Limeys can keep their show, I guess us Yanks can only get the high brow Brit stuff like Idol.
      • 6 Years Ago
      The reason why US Top Gear could never work is because the show is more about Clarkson than the cars. The winning formula of the show is like watching a train wreck in slow motion, waiting to see how he's about to rip a car to shreds and tell it like he really thinks. There is no way that this approach would work on a US show because the advertisers would never want to be associated this this. Think any US car manufacturer would volunteer their cars for the US show to watch in horror as the presenters do their best to pile ridicule on the cars and let the viewers know exactly what they think? That would never fly here.
      The UK show is awesome for what it is, and I don't think it is something that can be replicated.

      • 6 Years Ago
      A watered-down US version is not welcome...happy with the UK version!!

      Ervin Raab
      • 6 Years Ago
      WAIT, NBC had a hand in this?!?!? Be oh so GLAD they passed, (These people produce Knight Rider, remember??) as there's absolutely NO WAY that they'd EVER match the BBC in production quality. The BBC's production budget must be considerable, as their rich cinematography is truly amazing, and I'm thankful to be able to catch Jeremy, Richard, James, and the Stig on BBC America and hope that any one of them don't become bored and decide to leave anytime soon. I "get it", and LOVE it!!! Yeah, yeah, Clarkson picks on just about anything American, that's part of the package. Deal.

      British Top Gear = B R I L L I A N T, and definitely NOT Rubbish!!!!!!!!
      • 6 Years Ago
      who did they get to participate in these "focus groups?"
      house wives and Matlock viewers?

      come on! my wife even likes top gear and she's the biggest Gilmore Girls fan out there.

      thanks NBC, keep those shiitty ass Knight Rider episodes coming!
      • 6 Years Ago
      I'd much rather watch the UK version than be served a half-wit, diluted bastardization of my favorite television show.

      Long live Top Gear UK!

        • 6 Years Ago
        Not losing any sleep over it. It's not necessarily the cars that make the show so much as it is the hosts. The dynamic of Clarkson, May and Hammond are what make the program so damn entertaining. Even my wife, who could care less about cars, asks me if there is new Top Gear available, as she enjoys the shenanigans.

        I canceled my cable TV more than a year ago. I don't even turn the TV on unless I've got a DVD in hand, but I will make a point of watching fresh new Top Gear from BBC within 24 hours of it airing. Not even worth waiting for the chopped up, commercial-ridden version that airs stateside.
      • 6 Years Ago
      This interview was way more fun than any of "News" sections in TG itself... ever. Brilliant video, thanks for posting it.
      • 6 Years Ago

      They should simply the original British version in the US. Or sell complete episodes on DVD.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Thousands over here get it....but not millions like the suits want.
      • 6 Years Ago
      A show like this cannot survive here in the USA, yes thousands of fans like myself want to see it and done right but for the millions of other who for the lack of a better term "clueless" about cars won't get it..

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