Paddy McGuiness, 46, has spoken candidly about Jeremy Clarkson, 59, after taking the reins on Top Gear. The Take Me Out presenter has admitted he “wouldn’t be here” if it wasn’t for The Grand Tour presenter paving the way.
His comments come after Jeremy ranted about the new Top Gear format and fumed “they took my baby away”, adding he would never watch the BBC series again.
After Chris Evans and Matt Le Blanc fronted the BBC show in 2016, they were replaced by Paddy, Freddie Flintoff, 42, and Chris Harris, 45, last year.
Speaking to Metro.co.uk, Paddy admitted he would never have a “bad word” to say about the original Top Gear frontmen: Jeremy, Richard Hammond and James May.
He told the publication: “Speaking for myself, personally, I get asked a lot about how I feel about those three 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.
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“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.”
Who Wants To Be A Millionaire? host presented Top Gear alongside his co-stars Richard Hammond, 50, and James May, 57, for 13 years.
Paddy’s co-host Chris stressed: “People often look at the past through the rose tinted glass but if you go back to Top Gear 2000/2002 the chemistry wasn’t there, it took time to grow.
“When we took a battering about there being no chemistry, they knew better than anyone that takes time. You can’t just throw three strangers in a room and expect them to the great buddies.”
Paddy’s comments comes after Jeremy revealed he no longer has any interest in Top Gear but wished the current presenters “all the best”.
Speaking to the same publication, he divulged: “I wish them all the very best but I don’t watch it.
“It was my baby and then it got taken away and they’ve got it now. It’s like it you’ve got a baby and it’s put up for adoption you hope the baby’s brought up very well.”
Elsewhere, Jeremy has recently backtracked on his comments about God causing the Bushfires in Australia, which sparked outrage online earlier this month.
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The Grand Tour host has now placed the blame on the “Green movement” in his latest column for The Sun.
The car enthusiast wrote: “A few weeks ago, many people were upset when I suggested that God had set fire to Australia.
“I realise now that this was a stupid thing to say.
“Of course God did not set fire to it. The Green movement did.”
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He continued: “Yes, climate change causes longer, hotter spells that increase the likelihood of a fire starting. But what made it became so huge was ill-informed eco thinking.
“In recent years, Australians have faced huge fines if they cut down a tree or even collect fallen branches.
“This means that when a fire starts, it has a ton of dry wood to get its teeth into. The Aboriginals understood this. The early white settlers did too. That’s why they had controlled fires to manage the land properly.”
Jeremy concluded: “Sadly, though, eco-mentals don’t understand this.
“So, by trying to save the country’s wildlife, they’ve ended up incinerating it.”(sic)
Top Gear airs on Sunday at 8pm on BBC Two.
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