Jeremy Clarkson is a legend and it's the BBC's fault anyway, says Tory MP

Matthew Champion@matthewchampion
Wednesday 11 March 2015 18:50
Celebrities

Yes, a former culture secretary has described Jeremy Clarkson, a man on the brink of using up his last life at the BBC after reportedly aiming a punch at a Top Gear producer, as "a legend".

In an interview on BBC Radio 4's World at One programme, Maria Miller - who quit the Cabinet last year over an expenses row - laid the blame for Clarkson's suspension at the BBC's door.

"I think they need to sort this mess out quickly, and not be seen to be punishing the fans," the Tory MP said.

"It's a fantastic show and I really think the BBC has got an obligation to get this sorted."

Miller went on to describe Clarkson as a "larger than life character" and said the BBC should, for some reason, take a leaf out of the book of Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger, who is apparently "doing this day in and day out".

With reference to Clarkson, she said: "He is, I think, a legend, not just in this country but around the world."

Miller added: "But I do think there is a serious point here about people in his position realising that they are a role model for youngsters.

"My 13-year-old is one of his biggest fans and will be bitterly disappointed not to be able to see the show on Sunday, but equally I think will understand that the alleged behaviour that has taken place is very serious."

Right, so that clears all that up then.

In 2014, Clarkson begged for forgiveness after admitting his "efforts weren't quite good enough" to not say the N-word while reciting a nursery rhyme.

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