Phillipa Sage, who worked alongside Jeremy Clarkson, 61, James May, 58, and Richard Hammond, 51, on Top Gear for over 12 years, has claimed the former was constantly “watched over” by a BBC official during filming. Sage worked as a PA for the trio and travelled around with them to various exciting locations for the BBC show.
She has now revealed the broadcaster was so wary of Jeremy’s tendency to say and do “controversial” things, that they “would always be accompanied”.
Sage explained the BBC’s concerns initially stemmed from Jeremy’s comments about former Prime Minister Gordon Brown.
The Grand Tour host branded the politician a "one-eyed Scottish idiot" at a press conference in Sydney, Australia, in 2009.
Brown lost his sight in one eye during after an accident playing rugby as a teenager.Insurance Loans Mortgage Attorney Credit Lawyer
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Jeremy Clarkson 'watched over by BBC official' to stop 'controversial' remarks on Top Gear (Image: GETTY)
Jeremy Clarkson is known for his outspoken ways (Image: GETTY)
Jeremy then apologised after facing backlash from politicians and disability groups.
He said in a statement: "In the heat of the moment I made a remark about the prime minister's personal appearance for which, upon reflection, I apologise."
Reflecting on the criticism surrounding Jeremy at the time, Sage said: “He did eventually apologise for referring to Mr Brown’s one eye, but refused to apologise for calling him an idiot.
“Our tours would never be the same again.
Phillipa Sage worked alongside Jeremy Clarkson, James May and Richard Hammond