Jeremy Clarkson today admitted he was ‘hurt’ by Ben Collins (AKA The Stig’s) decision to reveal his identity as the mysterious white-suited driver in his autobiography, before also confirming that he was sacked saying ‘…put it this way he’s history as far as we are concerned. He’s sacked’ in an interview with an Oxford based news service.
The BBC failed to have an injunction granted to stop Collins from publishing his autobiography, which revealed he had played The Stig since 2003, replacing Perry McCarthy’s black suited character in the hit show.
When asked who might replace Collins, Clarkson said: “Richard can’t drive and James is too slow. We’ll get somebody, don’t you worry. Top Gear is damaged but not out. I’d love to have…Cameron do it.”
Ben Collins, a Formula 3 driver who lives in Bristol with his wife and three children, received a £250,000 advance from publisher Harper Collins.