We are a bit naughty

NT News - Motoring - - FRONT PAGE - By SHEREEN LOW

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

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