• Aug 30, 2009
Top Gear chief oaf (read: presenter) Jeremy Clarkson is no stranger to controversy when he speaks. In fact, he rather seems to thrive on it, which undoubtedly is a big part of the appeal of the show. Earlier this week, he spouted off again apparently in an attempt to irritate (or bemuse) women everywhere while at the same time alienating his core audience.

While discussing Top Gear at a television conference in Scotland, Clarkson apparently indicated that he didn't think a female presenter would be able to hold her own in the testosterone-infused environment that is the Top Gear studio. According to Clarkson: "I think a girl would be a disaster, seeing the chemistry we have now...you bring a girl in and you start taking the piss out of her, that would look like bullying."

At the same event, Clarkson also referred to most of the live audience at the show as oafs, using that as a justification for bringing some of the attractive women in the crowd up to the front. In this case, it may be hard to argue, and Jezza was probably just verbalizing what the hosts of many programs such as NBC's Today Show are thinking when they look out the window at the people standing in the street hoping for a few seconds of screen time.

What do you think – is Clarkson right or wrong? Could Top Gear benefit from a female voice, or is it better off as a boys' club? Drop your fellow reader a line in 'Comments.'

[Source: The Guardian | Image: Dan Kitwood/Getty]


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      • 5 Years Ago
      Give The Stig a boob-job and that'll take care of the fem-bots. Mind you Clarkson would probably say The Stig's already got a boob job.

      But have to agree.... Sabine would be a welcome sight once in a while.
        • 5 Years Ago
        well, i for one think she is pretty annoying once she opens her mouth
      • 5 Years Ago
      The only way this would work is if the girl brought big time credentials to the show. For instance... If the worlds most experienced driver on the Nurburgring happened to be a woman, then we might have something there. :-)
      • 5 Years Ago
      He is absolute right, its fine like this, dont let a women spoil the fun...
      • 5 Years Ago
      We men do not beg for a spot on The View, or for us to be Kathy Griffin's straight male sidekick... things like this don't make sense. Just like a female co-host would not make sense on Top Gear. This is not sexist. Danica Patrick is one ex...ample of many females proficient in the finer mechanics of automobiles, but I just don't them hosting Top Gear. Leave Capt. Slow, Hamster, and Jezza alone!!!
      • 5 Years Ago
      let's start screwing with women's cooking shows then... bring in some retarded guy who doesnt know what he's talking about.

      It's a guy's show... cater to the audience. I dont want the show dumbed down because there is a skirt on there.

      I watch the show because I want to see guys talking about cars, for 1 hour I don't want to hear a woman bitching about how it doesnt match her purse or how the the seats aren't "cute".

        • 5 Years Ago
        you are completely right. Women would get so pissed off if we started cooking with Rachel Ray and decorating with Martha Stewart.
      • 5 Years Ago
      What if they wear drag. They could each take turns and wear a nice frock each week. The Stig could show off his legs in a mini skirt.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Unless Danica Patrick is the stig.

      But seriously the show is perfect. I did enjoy that episode where that girl at The 'Ring owned everyone. She might fit in nice. Otherwise just not necessary.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Keep it exactly the way it is.
      Jeremy, you rock! So does Captain Slow and the Hamster!
      • 5 Years Ago
      In Poland we would call it "making a pitchfork out of a needle". In other words, you are making a big deal out of nothing. Everything is fine the way it is. Why make the political incorrect jokes in the show even more incorrect?

      Greetings from the Center of Europe.
      Marcin
        • 5 Years Ago
        Surely you would need at least 3 needles to make a pitchfork. And even then it will be too small to be of much practical use. I should imagine that agriculture in Poland is far from what it could be.
      • 5 Years Ago
      If it ain't broke, don't fix it!
      • 5 Years Ago
      The only woman I'd personally tolerate is Vicky who's on Fifth Gear (and old Top Gear), but Top Gear's trio fits perfectly, so don't mess it up!
      • 5 Years Ago
      LEAVE IT ALONE! No change needed to the hosts. Clarkson, Mays, and Hammond have the whole thing well in hand, and any addition will ruin the show. "I think a girl would be a disaster, seeing the chemistry we have now...you bring a girl in and you start taking the piss out of her, that would look like bullying." Well put Clarkson, and if women think this is "sexist" or whatever nonsense, I wouldn't like another male host added to the show either. No need, and would likely ruin the show for me (and by the comments...many others)
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