Top Gear got in a spot of trouble recently when presenters James May and Jeremy Clarkson were shown parking their Nissan Leaf in a handicapped space. Getting into a spot of trouble is nothing new for Top Gear, and in fact it seems that the show enjoys jumping in and out of hot water while various groups stand up to voice just how offended they feel.

Rather than thumb their noses in the air, however, this latest bout of controversy has forced producer Andy Wilman to step up and steer blame away from the hosts of his show. According to Perth Now, Wilman claims his production team secured special permission to use the handicapped spots, choosing the spaces in question because they were quiet. Also, Wilman notes that three other handicapped spots remained open and available for use during the shoot. Should the spots have filled up, Wilman maintains that production would've cleared the area to allow for others to use the spots.

Both May and Clarkson reportedly expressed concern over the use of the spots before the shoot. Wilman assured the men that the handicapped logos would not be seen in the footage, but they still made it onto the screen. That's both his and the production team's fault, and Wilman wishes to apologize to anyone who was offended. He also wants to make sure that everyone concerned understands it was not a decision made by Captain Slow or Jezza.


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      Wolf
      • 4 Years Ago
      In other news, Top Gear is a car show and car shows often take up parking spaces. *yawns*
      TruthHertz
      • 4 Years Ago
      Handicap people need to just drink a tall glass of STFU. Millions of people are born mentally retarded to the point that they can't even function in modern society each year, and I'm supposed to feel bad for someone that needs a wheelchair. And then they use their functional brain to make a pointless ruckus like the one above, meanwhile there isn't any voice out there for the said retards because they simply lack the cognitive ability. I'm sorry you have limited mobility and I know that there are other uses for the handicap spot for people that don't have wheelchairs, but shut up already! If this was 100 years ago, they just threw you in the back of the covered wagon and there wasn't a special spot. Either that, or you were left out in the snow as a baby. People have it so good right now, and then they still bitch anyways.
        Yeppers
        • 4 Years Ago
        @TruthHertz
        I'm going to have to agree. Life isn't fair at all. Some people are born smart and some dumb. Some people come from money and some from poverty. Some people are born in America with unlimited civil rights and others are born in China. The fact of the matter is you play the hand you are dealt and move forward. There are no mulligans in life and it's a waste of time to sit there and wait for people to feel sorry for you. I agree we should have handicapped spots, but what happens when they are all filled by the handicapped. That's right, when another hanicapper comes, they have to park elsewhere or wait. Again, life isn't fair. Deal with it and stop whining incessantly like a punch of poons.
      zackwatt
      • 4 Years Ago
      Why is this a big deal?!?!?!
      Lachmund
      • 4 Years Ago
      minorities are pathetic. as soon as i saw them parking there i knew someone would feel offended..there where still lots of free spaces left!
        • 4 Years Ago
        @Lachmund
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      KAG
      • 4 Years Ago
      WOW, people can't leave Top Gear alone.
        simplystrat
        • 4 Years Ago
        @KAG
        NO, please don't leave Top Gear Alone. Without the controversy and media hype, Top Gear wouldn't be Top Gear. We love it, they love it.
      Redline
      • 4 Years Ago
      Funny how many people I see with handicap signs in the car that can easily get out and walk into the store. These people are as much d*cks as those without the signs at all.
      zrosum
      • 4 Years Ago
      More proof that these guys are a-holes. What the heck is a presenter anyway?
      Robert Evans
      • 4 Years Ago
      I think we all see that the hosts of this show think they are above everyone and can do whatever they please. Its getting a little ridiculous and they should be reprimanded by the BBC already. Why does it seem as if respect is always something of non-importance anymore?
      Tyler
      • 4 Years Ago
      I'm getting tired of all these Top Gear 'sticklers'...stop complaining so much and let everyone just enjoy the show (:
      johnb
      • 4 Years Ago
      Much ado about nothing. But then Top Gear was successful in gettng even more attention than it already has.
      • 4 Years Ago
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      Ray
      • 4 Years Ago
      I'm more offended when I see just regular lazy fat people get out of their cars perfectly capable than seeing these guys use it for the shoot.
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