Jeremy Clarkson delivers savage BBC dig over climate preaching in new Grand Tour special

Jeremy Clarkson delivers savage BBC dig over climate preaching in new Grand Tour special
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Olivia Gantzer

By Olivia Gantzer

Published: 16/02/2024

- 22:38

The Grand Tour returned with Sand Job on Friday, much to the delight of fans

Jeremy Clarkson may have only just returned to screens in The Grand Tour's latest instalment, but didn't hold back as he slammed his former employer the BBC.

The 63-year-old was in Senegal when he made a brutal dig about the broadcaster's reporting on climate change, not resisting the opportunity to accuse the company of preaching an agenda.

In the latest Grand Tour instalment, Sand Job, which hit Prime Video earlier today, Clarkson was asked to check the news when he made the savage quip.

Towards the end of Sand Job, Clarkson, James May and Richard Hammond hit the coastal town of St Louis in Senegal.

Clarkson decided the best way for the trio to complete the final leg to Dakar would be to drive their selected cars for the final 70-odd miles on the beach - similar to the historic Paris-Dakar Rally.

However, after the three set off and enjoyed the "poster"-like scenery, Clarkson received a text from show boss Andy Wilman.

James May, Jeremy Clarkson and Richard Hammond

The Grand Tour's latest instalment launched on Prime Video earlier today

Prime Video/The Grand Tour

After being alerted to "check the news feeds" before approaching Dakar, Clarkson whipped out his phone where he scrolled through BBC News.

Poking fun at his former employers' news agenda, Clarkson pretended to scroll through the BBC News page and said: "Climate change, climate change, climate change, climate change, floods, climate change..."

Eventually, Clarkson took to Twitter where he discovered their journey to Dakar would have to be diverted due to fierce riots and protests in the Senegalese town.

Clarkson, along with Hammond and May, were famed with presenting former BBC staple Top Gear from 1988 to 2015.

James May, Jeremy Clarkson and Richard Hammond in Senegal

Clarkson hit out at the BBC's news agenda

Prime Video/The Grand Tour

When the broadcaster didn't renew his contract, his co-stars joined him in leaving the BBC and The Grand Tour came about.

The series has built up a huge following but Sand Job has been confirmed as the penultimate installment of the popular show.

Opening up on the show's end, Hammond recently confessed the plan has been in the works for year.

“The key thing on that whole issue [is] we had decided years ago that we wanted to be in control,” he told Yahoo.

James May, Jeremy Clarkson and Richard Hammond

The Amazon Prime series came about in 2016 as the trio left Top Gear

Prime Video/The Grand Tour

He went on to tell the publication: "Having set off on this incredible adventure that none of us thought would ever come our way, we all wanted to be the ones — and I don't just mean us three, all of us— to decide when and where and how we landed it, and we have done.

“But that isn't uppermost in our minds yet because we haven't finished.

"We've worked together a very long time and been lucky to share some simply incredible experiences that none of us ever thought would come our way.”

GB News has contacted the BBC for a comment.

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