Jeremy Clarkson snub: Ex-Millionaire host Chris Tarrant ‘couldn’t care less’ about TV host

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The motormouth TV star, 60, has fronted the ITV general knowledge quiz for three years. This followed Jeremy’s controversial departure from Top Gear and regrouping with Richard Hammond and James May for their rival show, The Grand Tour. But Jeremy’s reign on Who Wants To Be A Millionaire? has been far from easy and beset by a number of unfortunate blunders. 

In December, Jeremy was mocked by his former foe Piers Morgan for giving a wrong answer to comedian Ronni Ancona on a celebrity edition of the show.

The motoring journalist convinced Ronni that the M1 was Britain’s longest motorway, rather than the M6.

It meant Ronni, who was playing for charity, walked away with £1,000 after losing thousands of pounds.

Jeremy admitted he was “ashamed” of himself for the mistake and Piers quickly pointed out that he should have known the answer. 

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The Good Morning Britain star sniped that he got it right and he hadn’t “hosted a car show for 8,000 years”. 

Piers isn’t the only one to take affront to Jeremy hosting the popular show, which was first aired in 1998.

Ingrid Tarrant, the ex-wife of former host Chris, made it clear that she was not a fan of her former partner but also really didn’t like Jeremy. 

In 2019, she told the Daily Mirror: “I’ve never even seen Chris on TV since I left. 

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“I can’t bear to look at his lying eyes and the insincerity.

‘But I have seen Jeremy doing [Who Wants To Be A] Millionaire? – I don’t rate him at all. 

“I don’t think he has successfully taken over the role.”

Chris established himself as a beloved host of the show, which he fronted for 16 years from 1998 until 2014.

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He stepped down because he felt it was “time for me to move on from Who Wants To Be A Millionaire?”

When Chris was quizzed about how he felt about Jeremy filling his spot in the hot seat in 2019, he seemed dismissive.

He told The Daily Star: “I genuinely couldn’t care less. I wouldn’t have wanted to do it again.”

Chris claimed that Jeremy might be able to revitalise the show but it would never experience the same “buzz” as when he was in charge.

The 74-year-old said: “They had to get someone very different from me, so [Jeremy] Clarkson is probably not a bad shout.

“But what they will never have is the great buzz we had – particularly in our first year. 

“That was an amazing time.” 

Chris claimed to have missed Jeremy’s first episode of the show because he was busy “in France, fishing”.

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He continued: “No, not to get away from it – that was just where I happened to be.”

Chris also missed the first episode of the 2019 season, which aired on New Year’s Day. 

The former host revealed that he chose to skip it in favour of catching a popular BBC drama instead. 

Chris told This Morning: “I watched Luther. I feel very disloyal.”

In a statement after he announced his retirement from the show in 2013 – the year before he left – he confessed his love for the programme.

Chris said: “It’s been a huge part of my life for 15 years and I’ve loved every minute of it.

“It’s been the most remarkable journey and I consider myself very fortunate to have been associated with Millionaire from its inception.”

He claimed that the most rewarding part was not “the celebrities” or the “£1million winners” but being able to help people.

Chris continued: “All of the ordinary men and women whose lives have been changed, sometimes forever by being on the show.

“Thank you all for sitting opposite me. I am privileged to have been a part of it, but do now feel that it is time for me to call it a day.”

Jeremy Clarkson will host Who Wants To Be A Millionaire? which airs at 8pm tonight on ITV.

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