|By Editor - 8 March 2013|
On the 5th of March, Top Gear presenter Jeremy Clarkson crept into Sydney late in the night. He and co-presenter James May, are in Sydney to promote a motoring festival at Sydney Motorsport Park at Eastern Creek this weekend.
Clarkson's plans to enjoy a quiet dinner at the international acclaimed restaurant, Otto, were disrupted when Clarkson and his party of 10, were accosted by paparazzi on Sydney Harbour. The press pack included Jamie Fawcett, a top celebrity paparazzo.
Clarkson, who was expected a quite dinner, flew into a rage.
"How did they know? Someone at the restaurant’s told them," a shocked and furious Clarkson blared. "You can take them out of England, but you just can't take the convict out of them."
Clarkson then went nose to nose with Fawcett asking him "Why are you doing this?"
An associate of Clarkson hastily blurted that Clarkson may never come back to Australia. Below is actual video of the aftermath.
This led to a quick but menacing response from Top Gear's executive producer Andy Wilman.
"That comment was made by a halfwit who has absolutely nothing to do with the TV show, and nor is he a spokesman for Jeremy or any of the other presenters.
"I am absolutely furious about what he said and I would like the viewers who watch and enjoy Top Gear in Australia to know this."
Clarkson, on the following day tweeted "So I had a conversation last night about how I would never go back to 'Austria'. And NOW look what's happened."
Despite the furore, James May claims they enjoyed their dinner of oysters, pasta and fine Australian wine.
The inaugural Top Gear Festival Sydney will take place on Saturday 9 and Sunday 10 March, 2013. At the festival, Clarkson and May will be joined by The Stig and Australian Red Bull driver Mark Webber.