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Pondering the Future of "Top Gear" TV Show

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"Top Gear" hosts Jeremy Clarkson (left) and James May. Clarkson was recently fired from the BBC show following a fight with a producer.

The British Broadcasting Corporation is still deciding what the future holds for its most successful international show.

Top Gearthe car culture show, was thrown into disarray recently when the BBC fired one of the hosts, Jeremy Clarkson. Clarkson had been in hot water several times before, but finally went over the line when he berated and physically attacked one of his producers.

The big decision is how the network will retool the cash cow the show represents. But questions remain about whether the BBC can do it without alienating hundreds of millions of viewers, among them Lake Effect's auto contributor Mark Savage.

The show has existed in some form since the 1970s, but Savage says it was Clarkson’s reconfiguring of the show in 2002 that made the show the success it became.

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Dan Harmon was one of the original members of Lake Effect (formerly At Ten). He started at WUWM in November of 1998 and left December of 2015 after 17 years of production.
Mark Savage writes the auto review column, Savage On Wheels, for WUWM (formerly for the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel) and Savageonwheels.com. He is the former executive editor of American Snowmobiler magazine and FineScale Modeler magazine, both part of Kalmbach Media in Waukesha.