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Jeremy Clarkson accuses BBC of 'suffocating life out of everything with nonsense need to be politically correct'

The former ‘Top Gear’ presenter says the BBC would be better if he ran it

Clémence Michallon
New York
Tuesday 08 January 2019 18:21
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Jeremy Clarkson has criticised the BBC‘s “nonsense need to be politically correct”, claiming the network would fare better if he ran it.

The former Top Gear presenter told the Radio Times he cares “very much” about his former employer, while accusing it of “suffocating” its current productions.

“It’s become so up itself, suffocating the life out of everything with its nonsense need to be politically correct,” Clarkson said of the BBC.

“If they’d let everyone relax, and made a show that’s entertaining or interesting or informative or any of the things that the BBC is supposed to be, then we’d be having a different debate about the future of television.”

Clarkson was dropped by the BBC in 2015 after – according to an internal inquiry by the network – launching an ”unprovoked physical and verbal attack” against a producer.

The presenter settled a racial discrimination and injury claim believed to be in excess of £100,000, according to the BBC, and apologised to the producer.

Clarkson told the Radio Times he had “a very happy time at the BBC” and still cares “very much” about it.

“If I ran the BBC, it would be better. I’d make programmes for everybody, not just seven people in Islington,” he said.

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Clarkson is now the presenter of The Grand Tour on Amazon Video as well as Who Wants to be a Millionaire? on ITV.

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