On Sunday the final episode of Top Gear hosted by Jeremy Clarkson, Richard Hammond and James May aired on BBC2 in the UK and drew in 5.3 million viewers.
This final episode of season 22 of Top Gear was a mashup of all of the footage for the rest of the season that were not completed because of Clarkson’s highly publicised sacking following a “fracas” with one of the show’s producers. The final episode of Top Gear featuring the three famous hosts ran during an extended slot on BBC2 in the UK from 20h00 to 21h15. No news yet as to when the episode will air in South Africa on BBC Entertainment (DStv channel 120), with BBC South Africa Tweeting that “[they] don’t have a confirmed date when the remaining episodes of Series 22 will air with us as yet. We’ll tweet when we know“.
Jeremy Clarkson took to Twitter to say his goodbyes:
Many many thanks for all your support and encouragement over the years. So sad and sorry it's ended like this
— Jeremy Clarkson (@JeremyClarkson) June 28, 2015
Much hype was created around this final episode of Top Gear with the original hosts, but it still failed to beat the most watched episode. The most watched episode remains the one featuring Formula One legend, Lewis Hamilton and singer/songwriter James Blunt which drew 8.3 million viewers back in 2007.So what’s next for Clarkson, Hammond and May?
They’ve just visited South Africa as part of their newly branded Top Gear road show, under the name Clarkson, Hammond and May Live. It has also been revealed that British comedian and host, Chris Evans will be replacing Jeremy Clarkson as one of the hosts for Top Gear going forward. No news yet as to who will be replacing Hammond and May who have refused to renew their contracts with the show in solidarity with Clarkson.