Former Top Gear lead presenter Jeremy Clarkson - sacked by the BBC for an act of gross misconduct when he racially and physically assaulted a work colleague - has taken his presence, along with former co-presenters Richard Hammond and James May, to Amazon Video where they are putting together a series called The Grand Tour. This needs all the publicity it can get. Which may explain a story in today’s Sun.
Slipped the Sun a crock of crap, it backfired, so here I am LOOKING LIKE A TWAT
“DON'T MESS WITH ME ARGENTINA Jeremy Clarkson slams ‘ignorant little worm’ who kicked Top Gear stars off flight after Falklands rant … TV host, 56, vowed revenge on 'twisted' Argentinian airport worker who stopped him from getting home in 'hate crime’”, readers are told. But this “story” does not stand even a cursory examination.
What’s the schtick? “A SHOCKED Jeremy Clarkson was kicked off a flight by an airport worker who crowed ‘I’m from Argentina so f*** you!’ in a tirade over the Falklands … The TV star, 56, was due to fly home with pals James May and Richard Hammond when check-in agent Manuel Pereira stopped them boarding”. Is that so? Says who?
“Jeremy, caught up in a diplomatic row with Argentina over a Falklands number plate in a Top Gear episode, said: ‘He’s a stupid, bitter and twisted little man … The TV presenter called for Stuttgart Airport worker Manuel Pereira’s arrest after he ranted: ‘F*** you!’ … Clarkson fumed: ‘This ignorant little worm made us miss our plane and he will pay for it … The police said it was a hate crime and he would be arrested. Yes, even the Germans were 100 per cent on our side - for once”. Has he been arrested? Apparently not.
This may be explained by the next part of Nick Parker’s “story”: “Clarkson, Hammond and May were waiting to go home on Monday night after filming their new Grand Tour show … They got the call to board their BA flight to Heathrow but were stopped at the departure gate … Clarkson said: ‘Our security guys turned round and said, ‘They’re not letting us on.’ … I said to this little bald guy, ‘What’s the problem?’ He had a big smile on his face. He said, ‘You’ve missed it.’ We said we had left the lounge when we were told, and he said, ‘I’m from Argentina so f*** you.’” Do we have a second source for Jezza’s claim?
Sadly not. Instead, we read “‘Richard Hammond and our producer also heard him. It was disgraceful’ … Clarkson continued: ‘He marched off looking pleased with himself, no doubt to enjoy a disgusting dinner of refried beans. But he’s not heard the last of this’ … Clarkson accused Pereira of deliberately delaying them - and even spreading lies to stop them boarding”. This claim is not supported by what Jezza said.
But enough. Pereira - who is not Argentinian - has denied Clarkson’s claims. Moreover, had Jezza really complained to the rozzers, he and his pals would not have had time to catch the EasyJet flight to Gatwick, which departs soon after the BA one to Heathrow. On top of all that, look at the name on the by-line: Nick Parker, re-hired by the Murdoch press despite being convicted of handling a stolen mobile phone.
As the story concedes at the end, “The incident comes as the trio prepare to launch their new motoring show The Grand Tour”. Clarkson and his pals were too late at the departure gate and missed their flight. Tough titty. Get over it.
Parker’s story should be marked as “Advertorial”. Because that is all it is.