Motormouth Jeremy Clarkson attacks BBC Salford move
Media / UK
Top Gear host Jeremy Clarkson has blasted the BBC’s move to Salford and said he would “resign in a heartbeat” if he was asked to relocate from London.
Writing in the Sunday Times, Clarkson dismissed Salford as “a small suburb with a Starbucks and a canal with ducks” – despite having never visited the city.
And he described the BBC’s move to MediaCityUK as “the stupidest media decision since someone said ‘hey, guys, I can listen to Prince William’s voicemails’.”
Clarkson said: “It is nowhere near any court that matters and nowhere near a single politician.
“Furthermore, if we ran the show from Salford, we’d be employing people from Salford.
“People who were born there and thought ‘Yes, I like this. I see no reason to go anywhere else’.
“And in the world of television that could be a genuine handicap.
“Every year we’d end up making a Christmas special from the Dog and Duck or the nearest Arndale Centre.”
Salford council leader John Merry told the Manchester Evening News that the comments “make Clarkson look like a slightly more sophisticated version of Alf Garnett”.
““People who were born there and thought ‘Yes, I like this. I see no reason to go anywhere else’.” – Exactly!