Top Gear Gets Black Flagged
April 26, 2015 6 Comments
One of the rarest things on NEO today: a post on the entertainment industry. I don’t know if any of you watch Top Gear, UK but it has rather blown up. Essentially the Beeb has allowed political correctness to trump making money. And those that made it money (until they got fired) are talking to a capitalistic American firm, instead of the wanna be British monopoly. Some lessons that should be (but likely won’t be) learned there
Some say that Jeremy Clarkson got into a confrontation with a producer (some say because hot food wasn’t provided one night), in any case it couldn’t have been all that serious, since said producer took himself to hospital.
In any case the Beeb decided to fire Clarkson, the lead presenter of what has become number one TV show in the world. Like all decisions that has consequences.
My understanding is that James May and Richard Hammond have both decided not to continue without Clarkson. In addition Executive Producer Andy Wilman has resigned from the BBC.
Clarkson and Wilman rescued the show back around the turn of the century, when it was in danger of being cancelled, and redesigned it.
If you’re a fan (as I am) you know that the show is marginally about cars, mostly it is a comedy featuring three British Blokes, and is often screamingly funny. For an American with our over-regulated automotive market, it is fun to see all the really neat stuff that is available in the UK that we can’t buy, as well.
But the political correctness of the Beeb seems to have killed it. I’m sure they’ll try to recreate it but that Ferrari has left the paddock, so to speak.
There are rumors swirling about that Clarkson, and the other three as well, are talking with Netflix about, of all things, a car show. I’d say it would be very wise of Netflix to be quite generous with them! 🙂
Here, have a clip and a Sunday laugh.