I’m sure everyone has heard – Jeremy got into a bit of fisticuffs with a producer after a long day of filming, confessed his sins, and ended up getting fired (he was on his last warning after a couple of ‘incidents’ in the last few years). So, what now. No-one really knows to be honest, with the usual mix of the the show must go on, or it will never work without him.
I’m in the latter camp – it would seem a little weird to say the least to have a Top Gear with a replacement Jeremy but keep the other two presenters. So maybe it’s a whole new team, in which case it might have a shot. But it’ll take a while for everyone to gel, and by that time someone might have just swept up the old team and there’s a new “Definitely not called Top Gear” show popping up on your local TV. Which is a good point – maybe Netflix has some money in it’s budget to add a Top Gear type show? Free reign for the presenters, huge market audience and a nice way for Netflix to get some marketing and recognition in lots of places where it hasn’t quite made it yet. (Apparently even when writing a random blog that no-one reads there is some disclosure thing I’m meant to follow, so in the interests of the net police not showing up at my door one day, I own some Netflix shares and if this idea takes off and they make billions of dollars because of it, my holdings in said Netflix shares might go up $10 or so. Disclosure over).
I’m not sure how long this whole thing will take to sort itself out – technically given they’ve cancelled the rest of this series the BBC has almost a year to make decisions and get things in place. I hope it doesn’t take that long – I can’t mourn for that long to be honest, and we need to find a new show about cars that will keep me and the rest of the family interested and engaged at the same time (and who is going to be feeding The Stig!!). It’s a tall order, and the future is always interesting, just not always in a way you were expecting.