Piers Morgan to replace Jeremy Clarkson on Top Gear
The BBC has today confirmed that Piers Morgan will replace disgraced Top Gear host Jeremy Clarkson. In light of their very public and long-running feud, which began when Clarkson reportedly punched Morgan in 2004, it seems that Morgan has now dealt the final blow, by taking over the presenting job which Clarkson had built an empire on.
The news comes shortly after Morgan published an open letter to Clarkson in the Daily Mail, which was filled with tongue-in-cheek ‘career advice’.
“I’m sorry to hear you’ve been sacked. No, really, strangely, I actually am. But you didn’t give the BBC much choice. You can’t whack a member of your own production team in a drunken, foul-mouthed rage – however cold the food,” he began.
“As the only other human being that you’ve ever punched, I think you could have successfully argued that you hit with such pathetic weakness that it doesn’t actually constitute a punch”, he joked, in reference to the ‘fracas’ with his producer that resulted in Clarkson’s axing from the hit driving show.
Taking over hosting responsibilities on Top Gear will be Morgan’s ultimate insult to Clarkson.
In a statement about the decision, the BBC announced, “We are very pleased to have Piers Morgan on board to host Top Gear. We believe he will do an excellent job of presenting the show, and are confident that the fans will be satisfied with this change in line up”.
It is as yet unconfirmed whether the show’s original co-hosts, Richard Hammond and James May, will continue on as Morgan’s underlings.
[Edit, 2 April 2015: Congratulations to those of you who guessed it, and apologies to those of you who got your hopes up. This was indeed an April Fools’ joke! Who knows though, it might still happen 😉 Sincerely, TVD]