We are a bit naughty
TOP Gear presenter Richard Hammond has defended the show, but admits its stars could be ‘‘naughty’’ and ‘‘outspoken’’.
Hammond, 41, and co-presenters Jeremy Clarkson and James May were forced to apologise after a string of remarks about Mexico in a recent show.
Hammond joked that Mexican cars reflected national characteristics and were ‘‘just going to be lazy, feckless, flatulent, overweight’’.
He said: ‘‘One of the reasons Top Gear works is because we are three fairly ordinary blokes. You can identify with one or the other of us, be it age, height, presentation or manner and one of the traits we bring as a team is a certain outspoken quality.’’
He added: ‘‘And we’re occasionally naughty. Who isn’t?’’
He would not respond to remarks made by former BBC chairman Michael Grade, who called the incident ‘‘disgraceful’’ and ‘‘horrible’’, saying: ‘‘I don’t really (want to comment) at this point. I do have views on it, but now is not the right time.’’
Hosts (L-R) Richard Hammond, Jeremy Clarkson and James May from the TV show Top Gear