Ex_Mil8 saidThis whole affair has caused a bit of a furore here in the UK. I think the only thing Clarkson had going for him latterly was his self-deprecating sense of humour, but even that was starting to wear a bit thin, in light of his record of gaffes, culminating in his hitting a producer because he couldn't get steak and chips (fries) after a day's filming.
I think the show has become a bit formulaic and too staged. I still enjoy the travelog specials and still watch the show, but I don't think I would miss it if they pulled the plug.
I adore Jezza as the perpetual oaf (where's my hammer?), and his presence will be missed. But he did hit that guy.
I, too, love the challenges and the travel. The camaraderie and the general cocking about.
I'm a Euroskeptic (SAE for Eurosceptic), but his politics were borderline UKIP. As a mix of American economic conservatism (actually, more Adam Smith than anything) and the progressive and libertarian philosophies, even UKIP is a bit hard to swallow.