Jeremy Clarkson has blamed Greta Thunberg for “killing” the car show, implying young people might not be fans of Top Gear because of her climate change campaigning.
In an interview with The Sun, Clarkson hit out at the Swedish teenager in grimly predictable fashion:
Everyone I know under 25 isn’t the slightest bit interested in cars – Greta Thunberg has killed the car show. They’re taught at school, before they say mummy and daddy, that cars are evil and it’s in their heads.
His co-host on The Grand Tour, Richard Hammond, added:
I hate to say it, but I think Jeremy is right. Young people don’t care about cars. How many kids now are growing up with posters of cars on their bedroom wall?
Clarkson concluded by calling Thunberg a, “idiot” before patronising her with the words:
Going round saying we’re all going to die, that’s not going to solve anything, my dear.
Many were sceptical about Clarkson's reasoning and eager to point this out online.