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Jeremy Clarkson demands steak knife at Belfast Top Gear Live show

By Joanne Sweeney

Jeremy Clarkson may have lost his TV job because of a steak dinner - but he doesn't appear to have lost his appetite for the meal that got him into trouble.

The three-page 'rider' - a performer's list of backstage demands - for previous Top Gear Live tour shows mentions a steak knife as one of the items that must be provided to keep Clarkson and his co-hosts, James May and Richard Hammond, happy.

Clarkson's contract with the BBC was ended after an unprovoked attack on Irish producer Oisin Tymon at a North Yorkshire hotel.

It was widely reported that Clarkson lost his temper after he wasn't able to have a steak and chips dinner after filming.

Mr Tymon had his lip split by Clarkson in a 30-second-long assault on March 4 and took himself to hospital with his injuries. He was also shouted at by the former Top Gear presenter in a torrent of verbal abuse.

And while he may demand his steak knife, Belfast's gourmet restaurants are probably off the menu. That's because the rider insists that the stars are based close to a McDonald's.

The publication of the rider in the Daily Mail reveals demands for Clarkson's favourite tipples, Chateau Leoube rosé wine, Veuve Clicquot champagne and Peroni beer for the green room, as well as an array of cigarettes.

Despite being axed by the BBC, the five Top Gear live shows at the Odyssey Arena from May 22 to 24 appear to still be on - probably with Clarkson, but perhaps under a different name and format.

A spokeswoman for Brand Events, which organises the Live Nation events for Top Gear Live, said yesterday that the shows had not been cancelled. "We are still reviewing contracts at this stage and once we know the outcome, we will let the fans know."

And senior Live Nation executive Phil Bowdery insisted over the weekend that Clarkson would be in Belfast - with or without an expected approval from the BBC.

A spokeswoman for the Odyssey insisted that the venue knew nothing more about their client's intentions for the show or anything about the rider.

"The rider is nothing to do with us, we don't provide it and all artistes have one," she said.

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