As hundreds of thousands of students prepared to find out which grades they’d received, many celebrities – including Davina McCall, Gordon Ramsay and Richard Osman – sent well wishes and messages of luck to the school leavers among their Twitter followers.
However, the presenter of Amazon Prime series The Grand Tour waded in as he routinely does – by gloating about his success while highlighting the fact he got two Us and a C.
“A level results not great? Don’t worry, I got a C and 2 Us and I’m currently building a large house with far reaching views of the Cotswolds,” he wrote.
This year, because exams were cancelled due to the coronavirus pandemic, he added: “And I didn’t even get the chance to insist the government gave me three As instead.”
Many people mocked the host in anticipation of the tweet, and then continued to do so after it arrived.
“It’s #AlevelResults day, which means we are approximately three hours away from Jeremy Clarkson’s annual ‘I failed mine and look at me now!’ tweet, that absolutely no one asked for or needs,” Jack Duncan wrote.
Hannah Al-Othman wrote: “Does anyone know how Jeremy Clarkson did in his A Levels?”
In response to the tweet, one person quipped: “Solidarity to everyone who gets a C and 2 Us today, you won’t all end up like Jeremy Clarkson.”
Another added: “If only everything in life was as predictable as Jeremy Clarkson.”
“Has Jeremy Clarkson done his tedious A levels tweet yet?” one user asked.
Comedian Nish Kumar blasted the broadcaster for the tweet, telling him to “shut the f*** up”.
This year, students received estimated grades to help them progress into university, work or training.
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But the use of mock grades has drawn criticism from teachers, students and ministers, who warned the change contained “massive inconsistencies” and “beggars belief”.
Labour leader Keir Starmer hit out at the eleventh hour changes, calling them “shambolic”.
Writer Jack Thorne tweeted that he was “sorry” for how “badly” this year’s students have been treated by the government.
“I got my results just after Tony Blair was elected, at a time of great hope & our generation messed it up,” he wrote. ”I’m sorry. I hope you guys are going to change everything.”
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