Jeremy Clarkson is an English broadcaster, journalist
and writer who specialises in motoring. He is best known for his
role on the BBC TV show Top Gear along with co-presenters Richard
Hammond and James May. He also writes weekly columns for The Sunday
Times and The Sun.
From a career as a local journalist in the North of England, Clarkson
rose to public prominence as a presenter of the original format
of Top Gear in 1988. Since the mid-1990s Clarkson has become a recognised
public personality, regularly appearing on British television presenting
his own shows and appearing as a guest on other shows. As well as
motoring, Clarkson has produced programmes and books on subjects
such as history and engineering. From 1998 to 2000 he also hosted
his own chat show, Clarkson.
His opinionated but humorous tongue-in-cheek writing and presenting
style has often generated much public reaction to his viewpoints.
His actions both privately and as a Top Gear presenter have also
sometimes resulted in criticism from the media, politicians, pressure
groups and the public. Recently in Australia on A Current Affair
he claimed that all he does is '...get up, write stuff, [have] supper
and [go] to bed'. Despite the criticism levelled against him, Clarkson
has also generated a significant following from the public at large,
being credited as a major factor to the resurgence of Top Gear as
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