Jeremy Clarkson: The Grand Tour host shrugs off knighthood ‘Hardly a model citizen’

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The Grand Tour presenter Jeremy Clarkson, 60, has firmly written off ever receiving a knighthood from the Queen in this lifetime. Dubbing himself as “hardly a model citizen”, the former Top Gear host blamed his own ­notoriety and divisive views on the fact he will never get to kneel before Her Majesty at ­Buckingham Palace.

I just can’t hear those words being spoken in an oak-panelled room in Whitehall

Jeremy Clarkson

In fact, he’s completely disregarded the fact he’d even be awarded an MBE for his services to television.

In a recent interview, the 60-year-old said: “I think you only have to look on Wikipedia and go, ‘No, not this one’.

“I’m hardly a model citizen. I just can’t in my wildest dreams imagine anybody’s going to sit there and go, ‘Queen’s Honours, I think Jeremy Clarkson’.

“I just can’t hear those words being spoken in an oak-panelled room in Whitehall.

“I’d rather it went to a ­lollipop lady.”

His comments come after Formula 1 driver Lewis Hamilton, in which Jezza shares a few similarities with (mainly their love for fast cars), will be awarded a knighthood in the New Year’s honours list, after winning his seventh world championship this year.

The 35-year-old racing driver is honoured for his contribution to the sport.

With that thought firmly out of his mind, Jeremy is the first to admit that some of his past remarks have attracted a lot of controversy, particularly while hosting the BBC motoring show before his departure in 2015 over a catering dispute.

But despite the circumstances in which all three walked away from the broadcaster to start their own show over on streaming site Amazon Prime, Jeremy revealed that he was invited to “come home” by Tim Davie, who became the Beeb’s Director-General in September.

The show is now hosted by Freddie Flintoff, Paddy McGuinness and Chris Harris, but the car-enthusiast explained that he turned down the new offer because he fears it has become “too right on” to broadcast his controversial views.

During a recent interview on YouTube with Grapevine, he was asked if he “missed” working at the BBC.

Jeremy replied: “It’s funny, the new Director-General is an old friend of mine from the BBC days – Tim Davie – and he’s a nice chap.

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“He was saying the other day, ‘Oh, come home.'”

The Grand Tour host remarked: “The truth is, you’d struggle at the BBC now. It’s so unbelievably right on.

“You just couldn’t say anything which I make my living from saying.”

Jeremy added: “I think it is becoming very, very restrictive, which is a shame, because it [the BBC] is a good idea.” has contacted BBC representatives for comment.

The Grand Tour has recently dropped the trio’s latest adventure, that sees them take on Madagascar in a V8 Bentley Continental, a Ford Focus RS and a Caterham V10R.

It’s been a long old wait for the next of the highly-anticipated specials to debut online, but with the usual hijinks that turned the threesome into beloved household names, fans can only assume it’ll be worth the wait.

Grand Tour presents: A Massive Hunt will launch Friday 18th December.

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