Andy Wilman

Lefty whingers are upset about Clarkson and co going to Amazon Prime

James Delingpole outlines the anger in?the left over the sacked Top Gear trio scoring an absolute mint from Amazon for their new show.

The Guardian?s readership have been giving their views on whether they?d pay ?79 a year ? $99 in the US ? for a subscription which gave them exclusive access to Amazon Prime Instant Video?s new ?160 million recruits ? former Top Gear presenters Jeremy Clarkson, Richard Hammond and James May.

Can you guess how the Guardianistas feel about all this?

Yes. That?s right. Here are a few sample comments.

As long as I am no longer paying to not watch them I am happy!

I wouldn?t watch them if you paid ME.

I?ve watched a few episodes and I can honestly say such patronising, racially and culturally offensive, technologically ill-informed and uniformative light entertainment has made me reassess my opinion of Benny Hill. He was a genius; Richard and Jeremy aren?t, and James May is one of the nastiest bigots I?ve ever seen on TV?

Arguably, Hammond is mentally around 14, in awe of being able to hang around with older boys and Clarkson is living out his days in the body and mind of 120-year-old Colonel.

Clarkson likes to boast about being the biggest car show in the world, well he can?t anymore can he? How many people actually have amazon prime? 11, 12? Good luck coping with nobody paying any attention whatsoever guys!

Can you add a tickable box that says ?I?d rather stick hot pins in my eyes?? Ta.

That?ll be a no then. (Well sort of: a quite surprising 47 per cent of those polled admitted ? no doubt through gritted teeth ? that actually the old Top Gear team would be worth the money).

Which is, of course, one of many things that is so thoroughly, deliciously gratifying about this remarkable surprise deal that Clarkson?s producer (and schoolmate: they were at Repton together) Andy Wilman has managed to pull off.

It is a defiant two fingers to all those progressives who would like to think there is no place in broadcasting for overgrown public schoolboys who rejoice in the size of their enormous, throbbing carbon footprints, see nothing wrong in describing a dodgy-looking motor as being ?pikey? and who regularly get themselves into hot water with their disgracefully xenophobic views on the silliness of foreigners. ?

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BBC idiots lose their cash cow after May and Hammond quit

The BBC idiots who sacked Jeremy Clarkson have now watched James May and Richard Hammond walk out the door too.

Their cash cow series Top Gear is now dead in the water without any of the stars.

James May and Richard Hammond are out of contract with the BBC, after declining to sign new deals to present the next series of Top Gear.

The pair are now free agents, meaning rival broadcasters can approach them with job offers.

Hammond has tweeted that he is “not ready for retirement”. May does not seem in a great hurry to find new employment.

Asked this morning what he was planning to do with his newfound leisure time, he replied: “I’m going to cook a shepherd’s pie and make a film for YouTube.”

May said he hopes to work with Hammond and Jeremy Clarkson again, but in a different sphere.

“One day the three of us may do something ? but it may just involve a pub and a restaurant rather than a TV programme.”

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Clarkson offending again, but Argies are big blouses anyway

Jeremy Clarkson is again in hot water…well lukewarm water to be fair.

The Argies are upset over a number plate on a car he drove through Argentina. Its a bit of a beat up since it is essentially meaningless and the car has had that plate since registration.

Jeremy Clarkson was facing the wrath of Argentinians on Thursday after driving though the country in a Porsche with the numberplate H982 FKL – a possible reference to the 1982 Falklands war.

The stunt, which was filmed for Top Gear, is the latest in a series of offensive remarks or gestures by the BBC presenter, who was found to have breached Ofcom guidelines in July when he referred to an Asian man as a “slope” while filming Top Gear in Burma.

Clarkson, who was forced to apologise in May after appearing to mumble the N-word as he sang a rhyme for the programme, was reportedly warned two weeks ago by the BBC not to cause a diplomatic row while filming the motoring programme in Argentina.

His goading gesture went unnoticed on the first part of his trip from the ski resort of Bariloche to the southern port of Ushuaia, but made local headlines as he neared the end of his 1,350 mile trek at the head of a convoy of vehicles including a Lotus and Ford Mustang driven by fellow Top Gear presenters James May and Richard Hammond.

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