Top Gear presenter Richard Hammond today defended the show, and its ‘naughty and outspoken’ stars.
Hammond, 41, was forced to join fellow presenters, Jeremy Clarkson and James May in apologising after a string of remarks about Mexico in a show this series.
Hammond, who was at the centre of the outrage, had said that Mexican cars reflected general Mexican characteristics, and were “just going to be lazy, feckless, flatulent, overweight”.
Hammond said of his show, “One of the reasons Top Gear works is because we are three fairly ordinary blokes. You can identify with one or the other of us, be it age, height, presentation or manner… and one of the traits we bring together as a team is a certain outspoken quality.”
He added: “And we’re occasionally naughty. Who isn’t?”
Hammond refused to comment on remarks made by former BBC Chairman, Michael Grade, who said the incident was “disgraceful” and “horrible”.
“I don’t really (want to comment) at this point. I do have views on it, but now is not the right time,” he said.
He also added that the banter he enjoys with May and Clarkson is what made the show a hit in the first place.
“We love doing what we do and we work very hard at it. We’re very proud that it appeals to a broad bunch of people, and hopefully we will stay in that position,” he said.
“We’re still making the show as well as we can. That’s what we are about and that is what we try to do. We’ll continue to do that for as long as it’s on. We want to make it as good as possible, because that is our job.”