Jeremy Clarkson on his Top Gear exit: “It was my own silly fault”

The former BBC motoring star gave his first broadcast interview since the "fracas" that saw him dropped from Top Gear - admitting that there was a hole in his life since leaving the programme

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Jeremy Clarkson has admitted that his exit from Top Gear was “my own silly fault” and said that leaving the show that he helped turn into a global phenomenon has left “a big hole that needs to be filled.”

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“It was very sad to leave [Top Gear],” Clarkson told The Chris Evans Breakfast Show on Radio 2 in his first interview since being dropped by the BBC following a “fracas” with producer Oisin Tymon in March. 

“I was very sad. It was my own silly fault so I could hardly complain. I was at the BBC for 27 years and with Top Gear in present form for 12 years.

“It was very much my baby, I absolutely adored it and I worked all the time on it, I worked all through the night on it. It has left a big hole that needs to be filled.”

Since leaving the show, speculation has been rife that Clarkson will attempt to launch a similar format to Top Gear on a rival channel or global streaming service like Netflix or Amazon.

Clarkson, who is about to embark on a six month-long live tour with his former Top Gear colleagues Richard Hammond and James May, said he was “listening” to options from other broadcasters, but added, “you’d be a fool to just jump into something, you have to look at what’s out there and what’s the best thing to do.”

He said he was looking forward to “six months clowning around doing live shows” on what he described as “the most badly organised world tour in history.”

However, he added that fans could expect the “same show as it’s been for last 10 years, it’s just called a different name.”

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The BBC has confirmed that Top Gear will return in 2016 with new presenters.