Jeremy Clarkson 'defined what Top Gear is all about', insists Chris Harris

Jeremy Clarkson ‘defined’ what Top Gear is ‘all about’, current presenter Chris Harris has enthused.

Jeremy conceived the programme, along with co-creator Andy Wilman, and gained notoriety as one of the show’s original hosts, fronting the programme from 2002 to 2015.

He was named the screen’s greatest automotive icon of all time in April, beating the likes of Hollywood’s Steve McQueen.

When asked current presenters Chris, Freddie Flintoff, and Paddy McGuinness their thoughts on Jeremy’s coveted title the trio all agreed he was a worthy recipient.

‘He’s good on Millionaire as well,’ Freddie added.

‘He’s the man,’ Chris insisted. ‘He’s been doing it 30-40 years and he’s defined what this [Top Gear] is all about. Fair play to him.’

Paddy continued: ‘He needs to do more Millionaire, he does a good job of that. He’s taking over.’

The new Top Gear boys are big fans of Jezza and their other predecessors James May and Richard Hammond and have sung their praises on numerous occasions, despite Jezza saying he’ll never watch the show again.

‘Speaking for myself, personally, I get asked a lot about how I feel about those three [Jeremy, Richard Hammond and James May] but if it wasn’t for them I wouldn’t be here because they worked their socks off to get Top Gear to where it is now,’ Paddy told us in January.

‘I’ll never have a bad word about them really. I met Richard Hammond just after it got announced we got the show and he was really lovely; I’ve never met James and I’ve never met Jeremy.’

The 29th series of Top Gear gets underway on Sunday and the first episode will see the trio attempt to remain in their Volvo S60 Hybrid, Tesla Model 3 and BMW 330 Hybrid cars for 24 hours straight in Paddy’s home town of Bolton.

Highlights from the rest of the series include a heart-stopping Wall of Death sequence filmed inside an empty Alexandra Palace where the presenters go vertical in insurance write-off cars, Paddy McGuinness’s ill-fated Lamborghini incident in the Yorkshire Dales and Freddie Flintoff attempting 200mph in an old 1990’s supercar. 

Yep, it’s not one to be missed.

Top Gear returns on Sunday October 4 at 8pm on BBC One.

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