Top Gear’s Eddie Jordan’s thoughts on Jeremy Clarkson and the new show

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TOP GEAR HOST: Eddie Jordan.

TOP GEAR host Eddie Jordan has drawn the battle lines with Jeremy Clarkson, suggesting that he is “past it” in some strongly worded comments. Eddie said that he “knows and likes” Jeremy but urged people to move on from the Clarkson era of Top Gear.

“Jeremy and the other guys had a very successful past but the point is it’s in the past and Jeremy is past it when it comes to Top Gear,” he said. “His time has come and gone. There has been too much time spent focusing on them – but it was a very different show then. I personally felt the old show had run out of juice and our version is much, much better and will ultimately be more successful.”

Eddie pointed out that the new era of Top Gear has “a much wider appeal” as they have “all bases covered” in their presenting team. He praised the relationship between Chris Evans and Matt LeBlanc, urging the former to ignore the criticism thrown his way. Eddie admitted he’s a “competitive guy” who wants to “win” at everything he does and revealed that he won’t be watching Jeremy’s new show The Grand Tour. “This isn’t my first rodeo but I genuinely believe our Top Gear will be so much better, it’s so much better,” he said. “I’m pretty certain the other fellas will be watching our show, but I won’t be paying to watch their new show.

HBO has cancelled Vinyl, its 70’s-set series about the burgeoning hip-hop and punk scene, despite previously having given it a second season order. The renewal had been announced just days after the show first aired back in February, but that decision has now been overturned.

In a statement today, HBO said: “After careful consideration, we have decided not to proceed with a second season of Vinyl. Obviously, this was not an easy decision. The reasons for the decision have not been explained, but two major changes in circumstances have taken place since the initial renewal. Vinyl was produced by Martin Scorsese and Mick Jagger, and featured an ensemble cast including Bobby Cannavale, Olivia Wilde, Ray Romano, Paul Ben-Victor, Juno Temple and Andrew Dice Clay. It aired on Sky Atlantic in the UK.

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