It supposedly stems back to Clarkson’s wayward way with comments that repeatedly land him in hot water (there’s a string of them archived on this site).
In Sydney Clarkson was apparently only interviewed by Nine’s Sarah Harris.
“It isn’t the road rules, it’s the cigarette packets that baffle me,” he told Nine.
“I mean, why on earth do cigarette companies put dead babies and eyeballs on the packets of cigarettes now, that’s the thing I can’t understand here.
But when Fairfax attempted to talk to him there were lots of “sorry, sorry” statements as he was ushered away by minders.
You can see the clip here.
The newspaper also reports, “A media representative for the Top Gear Festival in Australia offered Fairfax Media a chance to interview Clarkson last year before reneging. That offer became an opportunity to chat with fellow Top Gear host James May which also evaporated.
“May is scheduled to talk to Fairfax Media on Friday. Top Gear’s media representative has requested us to provide a list of questions for the presenter, who is far less controversial than his partner.”