The Stig sacked

  • Bang Showbiz
  • 8 September 2010
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The Stig

'Top Gear' driver The Stig has officially been sacked from the show, claims host Jeremy Clarkson

The Stig has officially been sacked from 'Top Gear'.

Ben Collins - who was recently unveiled as the show's mysterious racing driver - will definitely not be returning to the programme after show host Jeremy Clarkson blasted him as "greedy" and that he "is history".

He said: "If you're watching this children, greed is bad, he's just decided he'd rather be... put it this way, he's history as far as we're concerned, he's sacked."

Jeremy's comments come shortly after Ben - who has performed high-speed car stunts in 'James Bond' movies - was able to reveal his identity, after a High Court judge refused to grant the BBC an injunction banning the publication of his autobiography.

However, the 50-year-old TV host - who fronts the show with Richard Hammond and James May - has now hinted they plan to find a new replacement character.

He said: "Trust me, we have many, many thousands of people queueing up to be whatever it is we create. I've spent the last three weeks doing nothing but trying to work out what to do instead.

"Richard can't drive and James is too slow. We'll get somebody, don't you worry. 'Top Gear' is damaged but not out."

Despite joking about the situation, outspoken Jeremy admits it was "horrible" to discover Ben was planning a tell-all book about his identity and the show

He added in an interview with Witney TV: "It was horrible actually, because I liked him and he came round to my house and had drinks and all that time he was writing a book."

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