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'Top Gear' Fans Outraged After BBC Fires Jeremy Clarkson

March 25th, 2015 7:29pm EDT
BBC Fires 'Top Gear' Host Jeremy Clarkson For Physically & Verba
The BBC has decided not to renew Jeremy Clarkson's contract with "Top Gear," despite support from celebrities and an online petition that drew over 1 million signatures from fans.

Clarkson, who has helmed the car show since 1988, was suspended from the series earlier this month after getting into a fight with producer Oisin Tymon over catering arrangements.

The network axed the final three episodes of the current season and has since decided to part ways with Clarkson. BBC Director-General Tony Hall said in a statement on Wednesday: "It is with great regret that I have told Jeremy Clark...

'Top Gear' (UK) Tanner Foust To The Rescue

March 10th, 2015 10:23am EDT
'Top Gear' (UK) Recap: 'Series 22, Episode 7' - Tanner Foust To
This week on Top Gear, Jeremy Clarkson tries a classic Jaguar on the track, Richard Hammond has a blast in Mazda's new MX-5, and James May says "Ow, ow, ow, ow, ow." Serves him right for leaving Hammond to freeze in the Canadian wilderness. Plus, Top Gear USA host Tanner Foust drops by to save the day.

But first, Jeremy is stuffing a bunch of hats into the trunk of the new Jaguar F-Type R, which is delightfully orange. Then he's predictably putting the car through it's tire-squealing, smoke-generating paces on the Top Gear track, commenting that it's "like driving around in some poetry. Te...

'Top Gear' USA's Tanner Foust Features In Tonight's 'Top Gear' UK

March 9th, 2015 12:08pm EDT
'Top Gear' USA's Tanner Foust Features In Tonight's 'Top Gear' U
It's not the much-requested Top Gear/Top Gear USA crossover, but it's close: on tonight's Top Gear, James May is joined by Top Gear USA host Tanner Foust for an exploration of European rallycross.

When he's not co-hosting the American edition alongside Adam Ferrara and Rutledge Wood, Tanner is one of the most popular names in rallycross, and he spent part of last season competing in Europe. Now fans will get to watch him try to teach "Captain Slow" what it's all about.

Tonight's episode of Top Gear UK also features two new car tests: Jeremy Clarkson takes the Jaguar F-Type R around Top Ge...

'Top Gear' (UK) Recap: 'Series 22, Episode 6' - Blame Canada

March 3rd, 2015 10:07am EST
'Top Gear' (UK) Recap: 'Series 22, Episode 6' - Blame Canada
This week on Top Gear, James May experiences the sheer brunt of a Chevy Silverado, Jeremy Clarkson goes airborne in a Hennessey Velociraptor (basically the Ford Raptor on steroids), and Richard Hammond carries some wood. Someone drew the short straw.

But before all that, Jeremy gets a little over the top talking about the new Lexus RC F, so you'd think he'd just bought one of them - and you'd be wrong. After giving it one heck of an introduction, he then tells us that the car is "fat and useless," shows us that it loses a drag race against a BMW with less horsepower, and hates all its driv...

'Top Gear' (UK) Recap: 'Series 22, Episode 5' - Jeremy And James's Peugeot Adventure

February 24th, 2015 10:44am EST
'Top Gear' (UK) Recap: 'Series 22, Episode 5' -  Jeremy And Jame
This week on Top Gear, the new Porsche Cayman is on the track, Jeremy mocks the name of the Ferrari LaFerrari (rightfully so), and an old Peugeot goes past some goats.

After scaring himself badly last week, Richard Hammond is given the job of testing the new Chevrolet Corvette Stingray and comparing it to the Cayman. They both cost about the same, but the Cayman is much less powerful than the Stingray. It loses an "absolutely pointless" drag race, yet Richard still appreciates it, calling it "the perfect example of exactly what a European sportscar should be."

As for the Stingray, it's mu...

'Top Gear' (UK) Recap: 'Series 22, Episode 4' - Out Of Focus

February 17th, 2015 7:29am EST
'Top Gear' (UK) Recap: 'Series 22, Episode 4' - Out Of Focus
This week on Top Gear, Jeremy Clarkson's excited about BMW's and having "the cream of Hollywood" on the Dunsfold test track, but not "a pointless thing about old Land Rovers." And Richard Hammond scares the daylights out of himself.

But first, here's James May with a review of the Mercedes AMG GT, which is supposed to be a replacement for the SLS. He begins by saying he doesn't like everything that Jeremy does, but nonetheless, he still seems quite happy with the AMG. In the studio, though, he tells Jeremy that it has a couple of "massive problems," the first being "it reminds me of you."

'Top Gear' (UK) Recap: 'Series 22, Episode 3' - Medical Unprofessionals

February 10th, 2015 9:08am EST
'Top Gear' (UK) Recap: 'Series 22, Episode 3' - Medical Unprofes
On this week's Top Gear, Richard Hammond tests a van, Jeremy Clarkson drives an old brown Porsche, and James May uses a telephone. And somebody finally got these guys an ambulance. Wait, no...they made them build ambulances. That's much worse.

Jeremy justifies these shenanigans by pointing out that today's ambulances aren't getting to patients as fast as they should be, a problem which he blames on the ambulances themselves. This gave the presenters the idea to make non-traditional ambulances.

Here comes The Stig in the "emergency version" of Jeremy's Peel P45, which is the same thing exc...

'Top Gear' (UK) Recap: 'Series 22, Episode 2' - Jack Bauer Takes Dunsfold

February 3rd, 2015 10:05am EST
'Top Gear' (UK) Recap: 'Series 22, Episode 2' - Jack Bauer Takes
This week on Top Gear, Jeremy Clarkson moves his eyes, Richard Hammond vandalizes a road, and James May says "Cow!" It's the show's Australian Outback adventure, while Jack Bauer himself - actor Kiefer Sutherland - is the Star in a Reasonably Priced Car.

Jeremy boldly opens the show by throwing a mobile phone into a toilet, as an example of how most electronic devices aren't that reliable - except for, of course, cars. The Top Gear producers, naturally, have disagreed and ordered the presenters to take three vehicles and head to Australia.

James is disappointed because he thought they sai...

'Top Gear' (UK) Recap: The Second London Race

January 27th, 2015 9:05am EST
'Top Gear' (UK) Recap: 'Series 22, Episode 1' - The Second Londo
Tonight on Top Gear, now that no one's being chased out of a country, it's time to get back to the usual motoring hijinks - which in series twenty-two, include an attempt at being cowboys that ought to go better than Richard Hammond's, The Stig's Australian cousin, and that long-awaited crossover with the American Top Gear.

First, though we're going in reverse and re-doing the infamous London race from series ten, since the guys botched it so badly by allowing James to drive the car. Except it's not in London, it's in St. Petersburg, Russia. And James isn't in the same car; he's in a Renau...

Getting Down And Dirty With BBC America's 'Mud, Sweat & Gears'

January 26th, 2015 2:05pm EST
Getting Down And Dirty With BBC America's 'Mud, Sweat & Gears'
BBC America has been on a continual quest to find something to pair with the juggernaut that is Top Gear. So how about two more slightly crazed presenters destroying cars - this time on purpose? That's the general idea behind Mud, Sweat & Gears, a sort of Junkyard Wars for petrolheads led by Top Gear magazine editor Tom "Wookie" Ford and Fifth Gear co-host Jonny Smith.

We caught up with Wookie and Jonny during the filming of Mud, Sweat & Gears' season finale to ask them what they think they're doing, as well as get some inside scoop on this car-creating competition that always ends with a ...

'Top Gear' (UK) Recap: 'Patagonia Special, Part 2' - Escape From Argentina

January 20th, 2015 9:26am EST
'Top Gear' (UK) Recap: 'Patagonia Special, Part 2' - Escape From
In part two of Top Gear's Patagonia Special (here's our recap of part one), Jeremy Clarkson, Richard Hammond and James May are still trying to make their way to Tierra del Fuego in a trio of now significantly more mangled V8 sports cars.

But that's nothing compared to what's at the end of their journey: a very serious, potentially life-threatening situation that turns what should've been a typical Top Gear adventure into another startling moment that will go down on the unfortunate side of the show's history books.

With nine hundred miles left in their latest journey, their troubles are j...

'Top Gear' (UK) Recap: 'Patagonia Special, Part 1' - V8's Across South America

January 13th, 2015 9:17am EST
'Top Gear' (UK) Recap: 'Patagonia Special, Part 1' - V8's Across
A new year brings a new season of Top Gear, which kicks off its twenty-second series with another one of its infamous road trips, this time sending Jeremy Clarkson, Richard Hammond and James May to Patagonia. This latest adventure goes about as well as their sojourns to America, Africa, India, the Middle East, get the idea.

The guys introduce the special after their office Christmas party (because in the UK this episode aired two days post the holiday), with The Stig face down in the food and the lights falling off. Jeremy explains that they met up with a trio of cheap V8's i...

'Top Gear' Crew Pelted By Rocks, Chased Out Of Argentina Over License Plate

October 6th, 2014 9:21am EDT
'Top Gear' Crew Pelted By Rocks, Chased Out Of Argentina Over Li
The hosts of British TV show "Top Gear" were forced leave a film shoot in Argentina on Friday after an angry mob threatened them and pelted their cars with rocks. Jeremy Clarkson, Richard Hammond and James May felt their "lives were at stake" during the incident.

The protestors were upset by the license plate on one of the cars, H982 FKL, which they believed was a reference to the Falklands conflict of 1982. Host Jeremy Clarkson claims producers had been alerted to the mistake before they reached the Tierra del Fuego archipelago and had them removed.

Clarkson told the Sunday Times newspap...

5 Best Television Shows To Waste A Half Hour Watching

August 22nd, 2014 12:09pm EDT
5 Best Television Shows To Waste A Half Hour Watching
In honor of FXX's marathon of all 552 episodes of The Simpsons, which began yesterday and runs through September 1, we've put together a list of our favorite shows to waste a half-hour watching. They're those programs that you can tune to when you've only got a little time and always enjoy yourself. From Springfield to the United Kingdom, here are our six picks for half-hour escapes.

The Simpsons

Whether you're still a devoted fan or don't watch as much as you used to, chances are you've still got dozens of fond memories from The Simpsons. There's Homer falling down Springfield Gorge, Ma...

'Top Gear' (UK) Recap: Buses Are Not Cars, James May

August 13th, 2013 9:33am EDT
Top Gear
Sadly, it's that time again - the time when we must say goodbye to Jeremy Clarkson, Richard Hammond and James May for another series. Tonight, Jeremy points at some fields, Richard minces round a corner, and James describes his ideal night in, which sounds horrendous.

The guys open the show with Richard's review of the second-generation Range Rover Sport. First, he gets back behind the wheel of the first-generation version, which he says is only bought by footballers and people married to them. Having gotten that out of the way, he picks up the keys to its successor, which he immediately t...

'Top Gear' (UK) Recap: Jeremy And James's Caravan Holiday Disaster

August 6th, 2013 9:21am EDT
Top Gear
You know what always makes Top Gear better? Caravans!

But first: 1963 saw the birth of two things Jeremy doesn't care about: the Porsche 911 and James May. Since he still doesn't care about either of those things, he sent James off to go drive a 911. Unsurprisingly, James has a vastly different opinion than Jeremy. "How can you not like a 911?" he asks aloud. For the purists in the viewing audience, he then introduces us to a company in California that does custom-built recreations of classic 911s, and takes one of those for a spin. This also seems to please Captain Slow. After the film, J...

'Top Gear' (UK) Recap: Toyota Corolla vs. America's Cup Sailing Boat

July 9th, 2013 9:30am EDT
Top Gear
There have been 20 series of Top Gear. That's like 10 times the number of seasons most TV shows get. And after all that time, Jeremy, James and Richard are still going strong.

Tonight, Jeremy claims "we've slowed down a little and grown up a lot," eliciting a collective groan from the studio audience. Of course, he's kidding. After the usual series-opening montage, he leads into a film where Richard is reviewing a series of hot hatchbacks: the Peugeot 308 GTI, the Renaultsport Clio 300, and the Ford Fiesta ST. After Richard takes the trio around the Top Gear test track, he turns them over ...

Ron Howard In No 'Rush' During 'Top Gear' Driving Challenge

July 8th, 2013 7:37pm EDT
Ron Howard
Ron Howard's new film Rush is all about pushing one's limits on the race track, but he wasn't able to put that into practice on Top Gear.

Howard plugged his new film on the show and tried his luck in the show's ongoing "Star in a Reasonably Priced Car" competition, but ended up near the bottom of the standings.

Howard's sluggish time of one minute, 49.9 seconds in the Vauxhall Astra Techline placed him second-to-last, only above Genesis rocker Mike Rutherford.

The director blamed his time having to drive with a left-handed stickshift. He told host Jeremy Clarkson, "First of all, I will...

'Top Gear' (UK) Recap: 'Series 19, Episode 7'

March 18th, 2013 10:20pm EDT
Top Gear
When last we left Jeremy Clarkson, Richard Hammond, and James May, they were venturing through Africa in cheap estate cars looking for the source of the Nile River. Here, then, is the second part of Top Gear's Africa Special. It's just as much off-kilter as the first part.

As dawn breaks, James is yelling at Jeremy for cutting out a portion of his Volvo's hood to replace the panel James removed from the door of Jeremy's BMW. Turnabout is fair play. Not content to stop there, Jeremy explains to camera that he's solved the BMW's issue with hill starts by attaching a log to the rear of his ve...

'Top Gear' (UK) Recap: 'Series 19, Episode 6'

March 11th, 2013 10:22pm EDT
Top Gear
Welcome to the first part of the Top Gear Christmas Special. Or, since it's airing in March, the Africa Special. Tonight, Jeremy Clarkson, Richard Hammond and James May pick up three cheap estate cars for another adventure in a foreign country they'll try not to upset. Jeremy has a BMW 528i that isn't as great as it seemed on the Internet, Richard is behind the wheel of a Subaru Impreza WRX, and James surprises no one when he arrives in a Volvo 850R. This trio of secondhand vehicles must endure only one challenge: the search for the source of the River Nile.

The show gets off to an awkward...

'Top Gear' (USA) Recap: 'Adam's Show'

March 5th, 2013 10:07pm EST
Top Gear USA
After "Beating Tanner" and "Rut's Show," we now finally have "Adam's Show," which lets Top Gear master of destruction Adam Ferrara take the wheel of the program (thanks to "a few compromising photos I found," he quips).

Adam starts off his show by introducing the audience to the 1966 Ford GT40 - and not just any GT40, but the specific GT40 which may be "one of the most important cars in American automotive history" due to its piece of racing history and happens to be worth more than eight million dollars. He's excited to drive it, but he's only allowed to go a whopping six feet. So what's ...

'Top Gear' (UK) Recap: 'Series 19, Episode 5'

March 4th, 2013 10:24pm EST
Top Gear
Tonight, on Top Gear: Jeremy Clarkson holds up a jar, James May points at a hill and Richard Hammond eats a sandwich. Cracking stuff, this. But watch out for the big, loud, bewildering (in other words, very Jeremy) twist at the end.

The show opens with "a big and important issue," at least according to Jeremy. He tells us that the roads are full of old people, but that cars aren't really friendly for the elderly, and Richard chimes in that they decided to go out, buy a car, and modify it for that purpose. We're off to the Top Gear Technology Center, where the twosome have a Fiat and sit in...

'Top Gear' Recap: 'Series 19, Episode 4'

February 25th, 2013 10:22pm EST
Top Gear
Tonight on Top Gear, James May draws on a board (that says "Kill Clarkson" on it), Richard Hammond waves at a man, and Jeremy Clarkson runs away from a table.

Jeremy opens the show with his uber-skeptical review of the new Vauxhall Astra VXR, which he actually likes, much to his surprise. He thinks Vauxhall spent more time on the front end of this car than they did on the whole of the Vectra, and thinks the ride is comfortable as long as you don't push the "sport" button. To compare, he then moves to some other options: the Ford Focus XT, which is cheaper, but not as nice to drive and has ...

'Suits' and 4 Other Unexpected Shows That Have Us Yelling At The TV

February 21st, 2013 9:30am EST
Tonight is the season finale of USA's Suits, which is the best show on television. There are so many reasons to love it, like compelling characters played to near-perfection by an ensemble cast, led by Gabriel Macht and Patrick J. Adams. Then there are the plots. Courtroom drama has always been interesting to watch; that's how we sustained twenty seasons of NBC's Law & Order, after all. ButĀ Suits doesn't need to have court in session to be crackling. Whether a scene takes place in the halls of Pearson Hardman or on the streets of New York, it's good. So good, in fact, that we've caught ours...

'Top Gear' (UK) Recap: 'Series 19, Episode 2'

February 11th, 2013 10:20pm EST
Top Gear
Tonight, on Top Gear: Jeremy Clarkson points at a thing, Richard Hammond walks through a shop, and James May has some bananas. And they're all making another ill-advised trip to the United States, courtesy of "secret American" Richard.

They meet in Nevada, where they compare supercars. Jeremy brings the Lexus LFA, with James driving the Aston Martin Vanquish (which Jeremy promptly drools over), and Richard the SRT Viper. There's the usual banter over whose is better before Jeremy suggests they shut up and go for a drive. Unfortunately, they end up on a road where the speed limit is 35 MPH....

'Top Gear' (UK) Recap: 'Series 19, Episode 1'

February 4th, 2013 10:20pm EST
Top Gear
Now it's time for the world's most-watched factual TV show. That's right, it's Top Gear, which has graced us with new episodes on Mondays just two weeks after its US counterpart returned on Tuesdays. It's double the mayhem with two shows on two nights. You're welcome, America.

Tonight, Jeremy Clarkson introduces the premiere with the usual montage previewing the rest of the series, which you can see at the end of this article if you missed it, and which includes the also usual explosions, infighting and high-speed manuevers. He's then joined by co-presenters Richard Hammond and James May, ...

'Homeland's' Damian Lewis Sets Slowest Ever 'Top Gear' Lap

January 28th, 2013 8:31am EST
Damian Lewis
Homeland star Damian Lewis has set an unwelcome new record by putting in the slowest lap-time in the history of motoring show Top Gear after taking part following a blizzard.

The actor agreed to appear on the hit BBC TV program to take part in its Star in a Reasonably Priced Car segment, in which celebrities drive around a racetrack.

Lewis filmed his appearance earlier this month just hours after severe snow storms battered the U.K. and his lap was littered with tricky moments as his car slipped and spun on the icy surface.

He eventually skidded across the finish line sideways after s...

Ride With Me: Top Ten Guilty Pleasure Road Trip Songs

January 27th, 2013 3:00pm EST
Top Gear
Top Gear is returning to History Channel on Tuesday, January 29 with an episode where the hosts attempt to drive the cars they owned in college through Mexico to find out which one is the ultimate college car. Road trips are an essential part of youth culture, and one of the most important facets of these journeys is the music selection. So, here are ten sing along songs from the 90's and early 2000's that are sure to get everyone in the car screaming along:

10. "Ride Wit Me" Nelly

The perfect way to begin any road trip, really. "Hey, must be the money" is bound to facilitate shouts fro...

'Richard Hammond's Crash Course' Recap: 'Rocket Scientist/Bike Messenger' (Season Finale)

December 11th, 2012 12:24am EST
Richard Hammond has only two more jobs to tackle in season two of Richard Hammond's Crash Course: rocket scientist in the Mojave Desert and bike messenger in San Francisco. Both subjects he hasn't fared well with in Top Gear challenges, so this ought to be a classic.

His first task is to join the folks at Stellar Exploration in building and launching a rocket. His mentor for his assignment is chief engineer Michael Bertino, who explains the basics of a rocket to Richard before they dig into the specifics of the actual one they're putting together. Richard's first duty is a big one: ...

Mission Accomplished: Richard Hammond Reflects on 'Crash Course' Season 2

December 10th, 2012 9:30am EST
Richard Hammond
Richard Hammond can finally relax. Tonight ends the second season of his popular BBC America series Richard Hammond's Crash Course, in which he's been everything from a barber in Harlem to a bullfighter in Texas. As he caught his breath after a season of new challenges, Richard spoke with Digital Airwaves to discuss how it all came together and the one thing he'd love to try.

"There was a lot more to do with the program," he said of the decision to return for a second season of Crash Course. "Season one we talked very much using my exposure as someone who drives a lot of different vehicl...