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Jeremy Clarkson blasted BBC’s ‘disgusting’ decision: ‘Just not British’ | Celebrity News | Showbiz and television

The 61-year-old presenter was let go by the BBC six years ago and left ‘Top Gear’ after he assaulted the show’s producer, Oisin Tymon. A year after leaving the broadcaster, Jeremy continued to pursue his automotive passion by starring in the Amazon Prime Video series, “The Grand Tour”. The star reunited with his former longtime “Top Gear” colleagues Richard Hammond and James May for the program.

Jeremy also has his own Amazon series, ‘Clarkson’s Farm’, which follows his attempts to farm the 1,000 acres of land he owns in the Cotswolds.

He is also the host of ‘Who Wants to Be a Millionaire?’, which returns to ITV tonight for a celebrity special.

The presenter puts famous faces to the test on the quiz show as they try to walk away with £1million for their chosen charity.

Meera Syal and Jim Moir (Vic Reeves) are participating tonight and will have access to the usual lifelines including “ask the host”, “call a friend” and “50-50”.

After leaving the BBC, Jeremy took aim at the state-funded company’s decision to reveal the salaries of its biggest on-screen names.

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In 2016 the government confirmed that BBC stars on salaries of £150,000 or more would have their earnings made public as part of a transparency campaign.

In an interview with Newsweek magazine the same year, Jeremy called the plans “disgusting” and “just not British”.

He told the US-based publication: “You just don’t. No one talks about their income.

Jeremy said people would be expected to trust Tony Hall, then the BBC’s chief executive, to make the right decisions.

He said, “I don’t know why it’s so interesting that someone wins.

“I still did a few things for them, there is no animosity there.

“In principle, I think the BBC is a great brand and people shouldn’t interfere with it.”

Former UK Culture Secretary John Whittingdale previously set the threshold for unveiling the BBC’s top salaries at £450,000 in a deal with the broadcaster in 2016.

His successor, Karen Bradley, chose the lower figure of £150,000 after being nominated by then Prime Minister Theresa May.

Explaining the move, she said: “Licensing fee payers have a right to know where their money is going.

“By making the BBC more transparent, it will help save money which can then be invested in even better programming.”

‘Who Wants to Be a Millionaire?’ broadcast on ITV from 9-10 p.m.