You either love him or hate him, but even if it is the latter, you probably still watched him, along with his co-hosts James May and Richard "The Hamster" Hammond as they presented the massively popular motoring show.
Clarkson, who scripted the show, has sailed close to the wind a number of times, offending everyone from Americans to ... well ... everyone else, with a string of quotes that offended many of the recipients, and amused a great many more.
A couple to whet your appetite...On the invention of the segway: "They're made in America, of course, so fat Yanks can go to the fridge without expending any energy."
"I'm sorry, but having an Aston Martin DB9 on the drive and not driving it is a bit like having Keira Knightley in your bed and sleeping on the couch. If you've got even half a scrotum it's not going to happen."
However, it was a 'punch line' too far when he rounded on producer Oisin Tymon because instead of a nice juicy steak at the end of a hard day's filming he got cold cuts.
to read more or view another article on the debacle on The Daily Beast:
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