Suspended Top Gear host Jeremy Clarkson has predicted he is about to be sacked from the BBC2 show, and in a foul-mouthed tirade said BBC bosses had “f**ked up” the hugely popular series.
“I didn’t foresee my sacking but I would like to do one last lap. So I’ll go down to Surrey and I’ll do one last lap of that track before the f**king bastards sack me,” Clarkson said at a charity auction in north London on Thursday night, offering audience members the chance to bid to join him in a final circuit of the Top Gear track.
“Why don’t we put somebody in the car with me. Like a Jag or something. I’ll drive somebody. One last ever lap of the Top Gear test track, that’s the bid.”
“Eighteen year waiting list to be in the audience of Top Gear,” added an emotional Clarkson. “The BBC’s f**ked themselves. So who gives a f**k. It was a great show and they’ve fucked it up.
“I’ll be a bit tearful when I do it, but f**k it, let’s do it.”
The auctioned lap was claimed by a bidder offering £100,000.
The Corporation said earlier this week that Ken MacQuarrie, the executive who will determine whether or not Clarkson punched a Top Gear producer in the now infamous “fracas“, will not complete his report on the row until next week.
The final three episodes of the current series of Top Gear have been pulled from Sunday evening schedules.
A petition aiming to have Clarkson reinstated has so far gathered almost 1 million signatures.