That really was the jewel in the crown.I have to wonder just how much revenue it cost them alone in overseas rights sales and merchandise when they let a spiteful, agenda-driven hobgoblin drive off Clarkson, May and Hammond.
The humbuggery of the Beeb makes me want to weep - Clarkson lamps somebody, and gets the boot, with much gum-bumping from the Beeb about not tolerating folk getting lamped, etc etc etc, and every moonhowler leaping onto the bandwagon and accusing Clarkson of sexism, racism, pulling the legs off flies, devil worship etc
Yet within a few months, he was back on BBC in HIGNFY etc etc etc.
"overseas rights sales and merchandise" - there was a Saffer version of Top Gear magazine. It was a HUGE money maker.
As an aside, if you visit certain piracy sites and want to download British TV shows, do NOT type BBC into the search box.