The Grand Tour’s Jeremy Clarkson thinks his friendship with former Prime Minister David Cameron is behind being constantly overlooked for a Bafta.
Clarkson, 61, has been a fixture on our screens for many years, having presented shows such as Top Gear, The Grand Tour and Who Wants To Be A Millionaire?.
More recently, he’s even given fans insight into his new venture in the Cotswolds via his Amazon Prime show Clarkson’s Farm, after relocating to his Diddly Squat Farm.
The show has been highly praised by viewers and even led to him picking up an accolade at the British Farming Awards.
But there’s one award he’s pretty miffed to still not have to his name – a Bafta.
In a recent chat with The Guardian, he gave his verdict as to why, when asked if he thinks he could be awarded an OBE.
The TV veteran replied: ‘You’re very sweet. But I’m more annoyed I’ve never won a Bafta.
‘I’ve done some bloody good shows over the years: a good one on Brunel and some military documentaries.’
He went on to state: ‘You’d think the Bafta committee might think, “We should at least nominate him. Drag him to London to disappoint him.” But as soon as the newspapers say, “Jeremy Clarkson, friend of David Cameron”, that’s it: “He’s not having a Bafta.”’
The pair have been spotted socialising numerous times over the years, having both been members of the so-called Chipping Norton set.
The former PM even appeared as Top Gear’s The Stig in a video message for Clarkson’s 50th birthday in 2011 and backed him when he was suspended from his former show in 2015, calling him a ‘huge talent.’
It came after Clarkson punched a BBC producer backstage when he allegedly became irritated by the lack of hot food at the hotel he was staying in with his co-stars, James May and Richard Hammond.
Ahead of Clarkson’s Farm returning for season two, Clarkson and his co-star Kaleb Cooper did manage to get an award elsewhere.
They scooped the Flying the Flag for British Agriculture prize at a ceremony in October, with Clarkson paying tribute to Cooper who he ‘couldn’t have done it without.’