In what I would classify as earth shattering news it was confirmed earlier this morning via Twitter that Season 19 of BBC’s Top Gear will not hit the airwaves until January of 2013. We first heard of the news from Jalopnik.com who was notified that Jeremy Clarkson had stated on a South African radio show that the 3 host will be together during the summer months will be during the Top Gear live events. We had hoped that this was just a miss quote of Clarkson’s or miss reporting by Jalopnik however that would be the first time either of those two had made such a blunder, so we took it a fact with a glimmer of hope .
So last night we lit a commemorative candle and when to bed hoping to wake up to a story retraction article or BBC news reassuring us that this was all just a nasty internet rumor. Unfortunately neither happened and all that we woke up to was a handful of tweets from Clarkson himself confirming that Top Gear will in fact not be returning until January of 2013.
So what or who is to blame? Can you say “2012 London Olympics” or one of Simon Cowell’s reality singing / talent shows? Possibly, but until we hear from the BBC it will be hard to say 100%
The only silver lining will be that Clarkson also confirmed that they will be producing another Christmas special. One can only hope that it is more like Vietnam, and Bolivia and less like the India special. All and all it sounds like a perfect time for a new car show and host to break out on to the scene so if there are any TV executives out there looking hit up my contact information on the about page and we’ll set up a meeting as I am willing, ready and able to discuss my ideas with you.