The embattled Top Gear presenter, who has been suspended following an alleged dustup with one of the show's producers, made his first public appearance since being suspended, at a charity auction in London. He delivered a speech riddled with harsh words targeting the BBC while auctioning off "one last lap" of the Top Gear test track, adding that it'd be before the "f****** bastards sack me."
"I'll drive somebody around in whatever I can get hold of. I'm sacked so it's probably an Austin Maestro. So who knows? But anyway it will be my last ever lap of the Top Gear track," Clarkson told the audience.
"There was an 18-year waiting list to be in the audience of Top Gear, but the BBC has f***** themselves. It was a great show and they've f***** it up," Clarkson added. "Tonight's the night when you have the opportunity."
It's hard to tell if Clarkson is simply resigned to his fate or is resorting to his regular blend of exaggeration and bluntness. It should be noted that the BBC has denied making a final decision regarding the 54-year-old star, saying nothing official will be released until next week.
You can check out Clarkson's comments up top. The lap, which included a spin in a Ferrari LaFerrari belonging to, we think, Pink Floyd drummer and well-known Ferrari collector Nick Mason, eventually sold for 100,000 pounds ($148,774 at today's rates).