Jeremy Clarkson: I will occasionally 'tread on a landmine'

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Jeremy Clarkson has warned he will "occasionally tread on a landmine" but said cautious people are often defeated by the not-so-cautious.

The former Top Gear presenter said he "self-polices" but when he makes mistakes he does it in front of millions of people.

Jeremy Clarkson, James May and Richard Hammond
Jeremy Clarkson, James May and Richard Hammond

Jeremy left the BBC show last year when his contract was not renewed due to a "fracas" with a show producer. Co-hosts Richard Hammond and James May departed shortly after.

The trio's new motoring show, The Grand Tour, launched on streaming service Amazon Prime earlier this month and their social content platform for motoring enthusiasts, Drivetribe, launched on Monday.

Clarkson told the Press Association: "I've always had all the freedom to say and do exactly what I wanted to do, we self-police and nothing has changed.

"Amazon is no more free or strict than the BBC ever was and neither is this. There are certain things we would not say and would not do. We have all been on Twitter for a long time and never get in trouble for that."

Taking a shot at the Labour leader, he added: "I'm in a different place to, say, Jeremy Corbyn. Jeremy Corbyn's bar is here and mine is here, or actually the other way around.

(Jonathan Brady/PA)
(Jonathan Brady/PA)

"So he's going to fail in his job, we will see where my line takes me.

"There is nobody alive today who hasn't left a party thinking, 'Oh God, why did I say that?' Everybody, we all have. Everybody goes, 'Oh no, I said somebody's frock was terrible or their baby was ugly', or whatever that might be.

"We all do that all through our lives, we all make mistakes and luckily, if you say it to just one person it's not so bad, but when we do it, particularly me, it tends to be in front of millions, and you just go, 'Oh no, I've said that out loud', but you've broken your own guidelines, that's all that has happened."

The Grand Tour
(Amazon Prime Video/PA)

Jeremy said the attention on his blunders does not make him more cautious, adding: "Look what is happening in the world right now, all the world's cautious people are getting their bottoms kicked by the not-so-cautious people.

"Will we occasionally tread on a landmine? Probably, everybody does, nothing to be ashamed of. You feel a bit remorseful for a moment or two but then you have to think what is done is done, move on."

Richard said: "It was something we addressed from the outset, it is instinct from all of us. None of us would want to make anything that we genuinely, as middle-aged family men, are uncomfortable with."

James May, Jeremy Clarkson and Richard Hammond fronting a new show on Amazon (Amazon)
James May, Jeremy Clarkson and Richard Hammond fronting a new show on Amazon (Amazon)

The trio's new experimental social platform will allow communities of car and bike lovers, known as Tribes, to share stories, videos and content, and James May said it will be a distinct contrast to their Amazon show.

He said: "They are very different things if you think of the show as being a very polished, quite small thing in the whole universe.

"It lasts for an hour and it's extremely polished and very carefully edited and it's highlights. This is more akin to talking about cars down the pub, there is lots of stuff coming in and it's a lot more free-form and random and scrappy."

Fans can find their Tribe at Drivetribe.com or on the Drivetribe app.