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Jeremy Clarkson blasts 'fake' claims

2011-08-16 07:12
London - Jeremy Clarkson has branded claims that 80% of his stunts on Top Gear are fake as "rubbish".

The TV presenter was furious with allegations claiming many of his daredevil driving scenes are carried out by professional racers and insists he takes part in all the challenges.

He told The Sun newspapers: "It is complete rubbish. If I say I drove a Lamborghini and got to 207mph then that's what I did. I was in the car.

"I'll challenge whoever says I wasn't doing that to come to the track. I'll stick them in the car and do it again. But they better bring a sick bag."

The 51-year-old star - who has threatened legal action - has blamed a "disgruntled driver" for the claims.

Stunts in one take

He added: "We employ loads and they get fired if they're not good enough."

An insider - who worked on the BBC Two show for more than five years - had claimed professional drivers "do the clever stuff on the track" with the footage then cleverly edited to trick viewers into thinking Jeremy was the one behind the wheel.

Certainly most of the time professional drivers are doing the clever stuff on the track.

"These takes are cut in to the presenters' in-car pieces when the programme goes out to make it look like Clarkson has been driving all the way through.

"Pros make it all look more exciting. There are limitations with filming. It's all done on a pretty tight time schedule and they need to get the right shots quickly, which is why they use pros because they can do the stunts in one take."

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