Jeremy Clarkson did an 11-minute interview with a South African radio station that has a name to match its geographic location. Clarkson discussed what it took to make the Top Gear segment that had them drivng around the Monaco GP circuit on a race weekend, the coming Ron Howard movie Rush about the 1976 F1 battle between Niki Lauda and James Hunt and Top Gear Festival 2012 "with an array of cars that has never been seen anywhere."

But what has caught everyone's attention – everyone except for the radio interviewer, that is – was Clarkson saying that the festival would be "about the only time" he, Hammond and May would work together in 2012 because "there's no Top Gear this year." There's video of the interview below, the bombshell at about 8:10. Since it's all a bit confusing, Mr. Clarkson himself has set the record straight via his personal Twitter account, confirming that Top Gear will return in January of 2013, though there will be a Christmas special some time before that.

The reason petrolheads will be missing out on their BBC fix? Simon Cowell, apparently. "Sunday nights will be full of fat people singing," said Clarkson. "Top Gear is a medium size van. Cowell is a juggernaut. When he has finished his singing competition, our new series will start."


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      Blackstar
      • 2 Years Ago
      Just one more reason to seriously dislike that tosser Simon Cowell. Not that we needed any more really.
      ngiotta
      • 2 Years Ago
      There you have it... another reason to hate singing competitions (as if we needed another reason).
      Actionable Mango
      • 2 Years Ago
      "Sunday nights will be full of fat people singing," said Clarkson. "Top Gear is a medium size van. Cowell is a juggernaut. When he has finished his singing competition, our new series will start." I hear there are 6 other days in the week, and 23 other hours in a Sunday. Just sayin...
      Moosetang
      • 2 Years Ago
      I'm a peaceful man normally, but Simon Cowell has to die for this.
      Scarboy6693
      • 2 Years Ago
      NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO Simon Cowell, You Suck. Even a Bad season of Top Gear is better than any stupid singing show. There's too many of those anyways.
      Greg
      • 2 Years Ago
      and on that horrible bombshell cod piece Cowell must go down
      Bob
      • 2 Years Ago
      Time to pick up the slack, Top Gear USA! Seriously, you guys should fill the void. Your show has been getting better. Honest. British version.. American version... whatever. Don't leave me hanging until 2013.
      StegRacing@youtube
      • 2 Years Ago
      The coverage of new TG episodes in Australia is so sporadic, barely advertised and rediculously late at night that I actually don't care anymore. Been watching a LOT more Fifth Gear and lovin' it!
      getoffmydinghy
      • 2 Years Ago
      Yo **** Simon Cowell.
      mr.vw
      • 2 Years Ago
      I won't be wasting my time with top gear USA - cheesiest car show ever!!!
      Differentberries
      • 2 Years Ago
      Clarkson for President!
      Greg
      • 2 Years Ago
      they should NEVER have him back
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