Andy Wilman has reflected on Jeremy Clarkson’s departure from Top Gear after working with him on the BBC series for 13 years. The outspoken presenter’s contract wasn’t renewed after he made an “unprovoked physical attack” on a producer from the show.
Andy, who is an executive producer and has worked with Jeremy on both The Grand Tour and Top Gear recently spoke about the “anger” he felt following the star’s suspension on The Media Show podcast, hosted by Amol Rajan.
Andy made the admission when Amol quizzed: “You mentioned the circumstances by which you left the BBC.
“Was it ever an option to stay at the BBC after Jeremy Clarkson was sacked?”
In response, he explained: “No, not for me and it wasn’t because we went to school and we grew up as mates.
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Andy’s comments about leaving Top Gear come after Richard Hammond, 50, who presented the programme with Jeremy, spoke out about the new hosts.
Paddy McGuinness, Freddie Flintoff and Chris Harris now front the car show and Richard shared his thoughts on their dynamic in an interview with the Radio Times.
He divulged: “I didn’t get to see it because I was travelling the whole time the series was on.
“I gather it was well received and they’re getting into their stride, which is fantastic news.