Top Gear likely to disappoint, says Clarkson
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Controversial presenter Jeremy Clarkson has laid into the 'cobbled together' final episode of Top Gear, which will air in Britain tomorrow night.
The final ever episode of the motoring show has been pieced together from footage taken before the presenter attacked a producer in March.
Clarkson recorded a new voiceover for the show, but unpaid and under his old contract, while Hammond and May filmed new links, but without the traditional Top Gear studio audience.
But Clarkson has implied that the final episode is likely to disappoint fans
At 8pm tomorrow, BBC2 is screening an edition of Top Gear cobbled together from two films that were made before I was fired,' Clarkson wrote in his column for The Sun.
'One of them is quite good.'
Richard Hammond, meanwhile, has said that he doesn’t think he will be able to watch the emotional final episode.
The former executive producer of the show, Andy Wilman, has also admitted that the episode was 'awful to make'.
Mr Wilman - Clarkson's childhood friend and creative collaborator - described the final show as being 'very sad'.
For the producer, who quit the BBC a month after Clarkson left, the film montage happens to be 'very strong on camaraderie', although he admitted that they 'are not the most ambitious films we have ever done'.
But as the Top Gear team brace themselves for the airing of the last ever episode tomorrow night, preparations for its reincarnation are well under way.
Presenters Jeremy Clarkson, Richard Hammond and James May, who are taking their leave from the show tomorrow night, are due to meet next week to begin planning their new motoring show in earnest.
But according to the programme's former executive producer, the planning stage is playing out like a real-life episode of the erratic BBC2 show.
Wilman revealed that the team will be meeting in secret to work out the 'nuts and bolts of what the new show will do and what it will look like'.
But tensions are already mounting in the famously boisterous team.
'Jeremy is all bombastic and [thinks] he's a brilliant businessman and he knows f*** all,' Mr Wilman, who first met Clarkson when they were students together at Repton school, told the Guardian.
The BBC decided not to renew Clarkson's contract following an internal review, which found he was responsible for the 'unprovoked physical and verbal attack' on producer Oisin Tymon.
But Top Gear has been dogged by controversies almost since the beginning, the most famous of which include referring to Gordon Brown as a 'one-eyed Scottish idiot', and to Mexicans as lazy, feckless and flatulent.
The BBC was forced to apologise for the latter following a complaint lodged by the Mexican embassy.
Mr Wilman is less than impressed by the series of offences, describing them as 'abysmal'.
'It was charmless, badly delivered and s***,' he continued.
'If you are making a show with a mental age of nine, you are going to act like a nine-year-old and at some point you are going to lose focus.'
The 75-minute final show was scheduled to air in Britain on Sunday night, and was expected to smash the show's current viewer record, of 8.4million.