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Tinie Tempah: 'Top Gear is being deliberately controversial'

Tinie Tempah has accused Top Gear of courting controversy in order to increase interest surrounding the show.

Tinie Tempah thinks TV show Top Gear is capitalising on its notoriety.

The BBC motoring show was rarely out of the spotlight when it was hosted by the ever controversial Jeremy Clarkson, alongside James May and Richard Hammond.

Despite the fact that the revamped version has yet to air, it is already causing controversy and hit headlines in March (16) when presenter Matt LeBlanc filmed a stunt just metres away from the Cenotaph war memorial in London, England.

Rapper Tinie Tempah has filmed a guest appearance on the show and revealed in a new interview that he believes the new version of the show, which is fronted by Chris Evans, is deliberately causing a stir.

"If I’m being honest with you, I think they like the controversy," he told Britain's The Sun newspaper. "Maybe I’m just a bit more jaded and older now but I think Top Gear has started to become a controversial show and that is obviously what’s selling it.

"People don’t realise that just because someone has said something bad about you, that might be the nature of what your product is at the time - it’s infamous, it’s notorious, it’s badass. It gives it more notoriety and people are still going to watch it.”

There has also been a lot of debate surrounding Chris' presenting style, with many accusing him of being incredibly controlling. But Tinie insists that while those allegations are true, it is this behaviour that will most probably ensure the show is a success.

"I saw how he was while we were filming," Tinie added. "He was very much on top of it. He was like, ‘Shut up, it’s not going to work, let’s not do that. No, that’s too long.’

“Even though Chris is the star, he is on top of every little thing and I respect that.”

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