Viewers mourn the end of classic Top Gear – but love the elephant in the room

It was a sad day for many as Jeremy Clarkson, James May and Richard Hammond bid farewell to the car show but there were, as always, moments of humour...

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The last episode of Top Gear starring Jeremy Clarkson, James May and Richard Hammond aired on Sunday night, featuring two previously unseen films linked together by a rather solemn Hammond and May in a studio without an audience.

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Many viewers were predictably sad, even before it started…

Clarkson was confined to the pre-recorded footage but Hammond and May managed to find a replacement which proved pretty popular with viewers…

Of course, a few were still in denial about Clarkson’s departure from the series.

But eventually, people got over the momentous nature of this episode, and got back to concentrating on what Top Gear does best – making fun of Richard Hammond. Jeremy will have been proud…

Appropriately enough for a BBC TV event, there was even a smattering of Doctor Who chat to enjoy – again, mostly focused around Hammond’s beard…

As the episode continued, and the presenters found themselves testing out classic cars, kitting out old caravans and racing (not) to give an after dinner speech, most fans were happily transported back to the series’ heyday.

Though some didn’t agree, and found the episode a slightly low point for the series.

While some remained downright depressed about the whole affair.

Even Clarkson himself got a little bit gloomy – even though in one comment during the episode, he did seem to predict his own fate…

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Still, in the end all were agreed – whatever happens next to Hammond, May and Clarkson and Top gear itself, this was the end of something.