Paddy McGuinness and Jeremy Clarkson clearly irritate each other, but when Jeremy called out Paddy on Twitter resulting in a reply from the new Top Gear presenter, fans swarmed to the feud to protect the celebrities on both sides.
Jeremy posted the following two Twitter: “What on earth has happened to A Question of Sport?”. This was a reference to the show’s new presenter, the now-Top Gear presenter Paddy McGuinness.
Paddy quickly responded “The same thing that’s happened to Top Gear JC. New personnel, bigger ratings. Love you.”
Of course, fans couldn’t resist jumping in on the fight once Top Gear was mentioned, meaning Paddy was in for an onslaught of abuse from those who won’t watch the new Top Gear as he presents alongside veteran journalist Chris Harris and ex-cricketer Freddy Flintoff. And, as if that weren’t enough, they also slammed A Question of Sport, which has seen its viewership plummet since the days when Sue Barker hosted it and only featured sports celebrities as guests.
One fan wrote: “No disrespect pal, but no one believes Top Gear is any better under your boys compared to Clarkson and co. Miles off in fact.”
Another penned: “Sorry to say this – but seriously the new Top Gear and Question of Sport are just pants.”
Despite this, the new Top Gear is reaching viewing ratings of around 4 million per episode, close to what Jeremy Clarkson, Richard Hammond, and James May were getting at the top of their game where ratings reached 6 million. On top of this, Top Gear has now moved to BBC1 for the first time in the show’s history – a channel reserved for the higher-performing shows on the publically-funded channel.