Belfast Telegraph

Clarkson so sad over Top Gear finale

Jeremy Clarkson, James May and Richard Hammond have said emotional goodbyes to Top Gear.

The 55-year-old featured in his final ever episode of the BBC motoring show on Sunday night after being sacked earlier this year following a fracas with a producer. As the programme ended, Jeremy took to Twitter to apologise to fans for the way the show finished.

“Many many thanks for all your support and encouragement over the years. So sad and sorry it's ended like this (sic)" he wrote.

While Jeremy didn’t host the final show, he featured heavily in the challenges that took place throughout the programme. Alongside co-hosts Richard Hammond and James May, he was tasked with racing an SUV costing just £250 across fields to a manor house. Whoever finished last had to give an after dinner speech.

“I hate working on Top Gear,” he joked as his Vauxhall Frontera got stuck in some mud.

Jeremy’s sacking in March meant Richard and James were left to host the final show, without a studio audience. The pair looked downcast as they said their goodbyes, as they are also leaving the show following their friend’s departure.

“We hope you enjoyed these films. Thank you for watching,” said Richard, before James added, “Yes absolutely, thank you very much for watching and goodbye."

Jeremy had hosted Top Gear alongside Richard since 2002, with James joining them a year later. Following his contract with the show being terminated, Chris Evans was announced as a new host, having signed a three-year deal.

While his co-hosts are yet to be announced, it is believed he will introduce a female ‘Stig’ to test drivers.

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