Jeremy Clarkson says it 'isn't hard' to create another Top Gear

Tongue-in-cheek remarks by the former BBC presenter were made in Top Gear magazine

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Axed presenter Jeremy Clarkson has said that creating a car show to rival Top Gear “isn’t hard”.

Clarkson, who was sacked from the BBC show yesterday , made the remark in a column for Top Gear magazine in a piece discussing the lack of car programmes on television.

Talking about the “glut” of cookery shows such as the Great British Bake Off and TV chefs such as Heston Blumenthal, Jamie Oliver and Delia Smith, Clarkson writes:  “Recipes are everywhere. It’s different with cars.” “You have Top Gear and Fifth Gear and Chris Harris and, er, that’s it. So, in order to shine, all you have to be is better than Captain Slow, a midget, a pensioner, an orang-utan and a monkey. Which isn’t hard.”

In the column, which is believed to have been written before the “fracas” with producer Oisin Tymon which led to his exit from the show, Clarkson reflects back on his career which started out at a local newspaper.

“I started small, on the Shropshire Star with little Peugeots and Fiats and worked my way up to Ford Granadas and Rovers until, after about seven years, I was allowed to drive an Aston Martin Lagonda, but only with a man from the company in the back seat,” he writes, adding: “It was 10 years before I drove my first Lamborghini.”

On Wednesday the BBC announced that Clarkson’s contract with Top Gear would not be renewed after an internal investigation by the broadcaster found that he had launched an “unprovoked physical and verbal attack” on Tymon, who subsequently drove himself to A&E.

Regarding the decision, BBC director general Tony Hall said: “For me a line has been crossed. There cannot be one rule for one and one rule for another dictated by either rank, or public relations and commercial considerations.”

There has been wide speculation that Clarkson's BBC exit would lead to a bidding war by other broadcasters.

However, most major broadcasters have ruled themselves out. Channel 4 released a statement saying it "had no plans" to work with Clarkson, ITV refused to comment on a "BBC issue" and it is understood that Sky is not interested in working with him.

Netflix declined to comment on a petition launched by fans asking the streaming service to hire Clarkson and his co-presenters Richard Hammond and James May.

However, it may not be the end of Clarkson's relationship with the BBC after the corporation's creative director Alan Yentob said he would not rule out the Top Gear guru making a return.

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