Leno Rejects NBC’s ‘Top Gear’ Gig

Apr 1, 2008  •  Post A Comment

Jay Leno rejected NBC’s offer for him to host a U.S. version of U.K. auto series “Top Gear,” Broadcasting & Cable reports, citing an article Mr. Leno wrote for the U.K.’s Sunday Times. Mr. Leno wrote that it would be “impossible to recreate or live up to the standards of the British show,” Broadcasting & Cable says, citing the article.
–Danny King


  1. Of course he’s entirely correct, if you have actually WATCHED the BBC version of Top Gear you would know that NO American show ever can or ever does come any where near the quality of the British version it is trying to pathetically COPY.
    True is same for every show the American watered and dummied down versions do.
    The Office, The Apprentice, Who wants to be a millionaire, There are so many examples it’s silly to cite them all. The biggest and the best shows all come from the UK, with UK producers, American Idol the most current example. Once Americans try to take them over they screw them up.
    American TV executives are universally the most uncreative and uninspired people in the industry. Jay recognizes that, NBC is going to screw this show up as they have with numerous other shows they have tried to copy without applying creative intelligence.
    Save your money NBC and CBS and ABC, stick to simple concepts you can understand.

  2. Perhaps NBC should match the BBC and get a pompous ass who hates the West and believes America got what it deserved on 9/11 like Clarkson does.
    Michael Moore may be available.

  3. Have you seen the resumes and education of the current TV Execs ? No TV production. Usually some obscure college major. The Studio suits need to have more of a TV production AND creative education and background. Maybe when the Human Resources Departments of the big networks get on the ball and make TV production education mandatory for suits, we might get better programming to choose from.

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