Jeremy Charles Robert Clarkson (born 11 April 1960), known to the public as Jeremy Clarkson, is an English broadcaster, journalist and writer who specialises in motoring. He is best known for co-presenting the BBC TV show Top Gear with Richard Hammond and James May from October 2002 to March 2015. He also writes weekly columns for The Sunday Times and The Sun, and has hosted the original British version of Who Wants to Be a Millionaire? since 2018, replacing original host Chris Tarrant.
Why He Rocks
- He hosts some of the best motoring shows (i.e. Top Gear and The Grand Tour).
- His humorous style and jokes please many fans.
- He is really dedicated to his job as an automotive journalist and TV host.
- Besides cars, he also does shows about other things such as the military and engineering.
- He is not fond of modern political extremism. He even stated that BBC is too obsessed with modern political ideology and political correctness and called political correctness "tiresome".
- He also believes in personal freedom, criticizes England's "ban culture" and has said that "Governments should build park benches and that's it. They should leave us alone."
- He's a talented person who not only hosts shows, but also writes books and does reviews for The Sunday Times.
- He used the term "PC world" in an episode where Hammond was trying not to offend a short person next to him.
- He kept Richard Hammond's wife's spirits up after Hammond was hospitalized after crashing a jet-powered car by sending her humorous texts every day for the five weeks that Hammond was receiving medical treatment.
- He had his own bad habits, but he succeeded in giving them up. For example, he quit smoking after he survived a battle with pneumonia.
- He makes loads of (funny) politically incorrect jokes, alongside his hosts. Here's a compilation: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jXAgTfyVacI
- His brash, direct style has led to many controversial incidents. This caused the BBC to not renew his contract after he punched a Top Gear producer during an argument over a hot meal.
- He once created a "V8 smoothie" which got its name from the Corvette V8 powered food blender that made it. Ingredients included raw beef, Bovril, several chillies, a whole bottle of Tabasco Sauce... and a brick.
- He was one of the 2,000 guests invited to Margaret Thatcher's funeral in 2013.
- Some of his favourite cars include late-model V8 Holdens, Alfa Romeos, the Škoda Yeti, and the Lexus LFA.
- On the other hand, he hates the Rover 75, the Toyota Prius (like most other petrolheads) and many Vauxhall models (most notably the Vectra).
- He was the host of the very first series of Robot Wars before Craig Charles took over in the second series.