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."


  • Fry - 2011-08-16 08:14

    Who Cares? Awesome Show!

      suiker - 2011-08-16 10:28

      who cares? even my wife watches it with me, and she doesnt even watch rugby. one of the best shows on tv. Go Clarkson

  • - 2011-08-16 08:21

    Helloooo! It's TV.

  • Burnicus - 2011-08-16 08:50

    Clarkson himself even admitted on Top Gear that they use stunt drivers to film some of the sequences. What is the big deal? Next thing we'll be reading that Soap Opera stars aren't real people but 'actors'.

  • lawrence.nzama - 2011-08-16 12:10

    regardless> its a very good show and these stunt drivers are doing a great job also. dont care wether its clarkson or Mr Bean driving the cars.

  • nonduplume - 2011-08-16 12:15

    The guy is a douche bag so what is the big issue?

      birdman - 2011-09-05 13:03

      Hey nonduplume, it's easy, don't watch Top Gear if Clarkson bothers you. You must however be one of the sourest people on the planet with no sense of humour. Clarkson has a biting wit and is extremely funny - I suppose you haven't read any of his books?

  • timothy.gross2 - 2011-08-18 13:33

    Brilliant show!!

  • lescarol74 - 2011-09-05 16:21

    love this show and all the presenters on it

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