Jeremy Clarkson Has A Theory About Why Chris Evans’ Top Gear Failed

How did they get it so wrong?

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Jeremy Clarkson has spoken at length about the failure of Chris Evans’ Top Gear, saying that the lack of quality writing let the series down.

The presenter, who was sensationally sacked by the BBC following a ‘fracas’ with a Top Gear producer in 2015, spoke at length about the failure of the show, fronted by Evans and Matt Le Blanc.

Speaking to the BBC’s Will Gompertz, Clarkson said: “You look at the TV show, you read all the credits, you’ll see the cameraman, the sound recordist, you’ll see their names…”

“You find me one where it says ‘written by’. They just cobble it together. Writing is everything,” he added.

There were rumours of unrest and in-fighting on the last series of the show, with Evans and Le Blanc reportedly experiencing a fractious relationship behind the scenes.

Chris Evans presenting Top GearDanny Baker also attempted to distance himself from the show, despite being credited as a writer.

Clarkson also spoke about the run-up to his sacking, saying: “I was having a tricky year, and I was quite stressy. It was really hard. It was getting harder and harder to do that show, because it was getting bigger and bigger all the time.

“The problems were getting bigger and bigger, the lack of support was appalling, home life was difficult, they were very stressy times.”

Clarkson is back on our screens with James May and Richard Hammond this week with his new Amazon series The Grand Tour, which begins on November 18. Watch a trailer below:

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Loaded staff writer Harry Fletcher has covered news, sport and entertainment for several major websites across the UK. Follow him on Twitter at @Harry__Fletcher.