The globe’s most favorite car show is about to get a new lease of life as Jeremy Clarkson, Richard Hammond and James May are close to renew their contracts with the BBC for another 3 years.
Their contracts expire in April. The dust from last year’s controversies still hasn’t settled in, but as it looks, Top Gear is not going away any time soon.
Despite the fact that Clarkson has been criticized for his jokes, accused heavily for racism, warned by BBC themselves that the next time he offends someone he will be fired and an angry mob chased him and his crew out of Argentina, causing a diplomatic incident, BBC Director-General Lord Hall backed him and the show today stating: “It’s a programme loads of people love and it’s important the BBC doesn’t have just one voice.”
Like the show or not, Top Gear is a global TV phenomenon, watched by 350 million viewers every week, having 15 million Facebook fans and it’s currently the web’s most illegally downloaded show. It is one of the biggest cash-cows for the BBC and as long Jeremy Clarkson and his mates continue to entertain the viewers with their chemistry, Top Gear will continue to attract fans and haters for the years to come.
By Michael Karkafiris