Say what you will about Toyota, but the Japanese brand was generally treated pretty well by former Top Gear host Jeremy Clarkson, despite the fact that the show routinely destroyed the brand’s vehicles in each encounter. Whether it was a Hilux of some vintage, his attempts at annihilating a Kiwi Corolla (technically an Auris) or his honest attempts at reviews, the now-unemployed host has enjoyed quite a history with Toyota.
It’s hardly surprising, then, that the behemoth automaker’s UK arm has put together a Clarkson montage, following the host’s firing. There are some classic clips, featuring the vehicles mentioned above, as well as some amusing moments featuring the host himself.
While the motoring world is still reacting to Clarkson’s firing yesterday, the host has already broken his silence on the matter after getting intercepted by the media while cycling through London.
“All I would like to say is, I wish people would leave Ois alone, because none of this is his fault,” Clarkson told the media while deflecting questions about his potential arrest, the BBC reports. “Ois,” of course, refers to Oisin Tymon, the Top Gear producer Clarkson physically and verbally assaulted following a full day of filming.
Clarkson is a polarizing character, to be sure, but it takes a big person to make that kind of statement following his firing from a show he was so integral to.
Check out Toyota’s video up top, and then click over to the BBC to see Clarkson’s comments to the media.