Jeremy Clarkson is a British journalist and television personality. He is best known for his roles as a presenter on the "Top Gear" television program and for his regular written columns for the show's official magazine.
Clarkson started out as a traveling salesman of Paddington Bear toys as part of his family's business. He got his start in journalism by learning on the job at the Rotherham Advertiser before moving on to write for a number of regional papers in England.
He began covering motoring with the Shropshire Star and formed the Motoring Press Agency in 1984, conducting road tests of automobiles and writing reviews and articles about them for various newspapers and magazines.
He made the jump to national television in 1988 as one of the original presenters of "Top Gear." He would continue in this role until 2015, becoming a celebrity as "Top Gear" became one of the most popular shows in Britain and expanded to a worldwide audience. He also wrote as a columnist for the "Top Gear" magazine beginning with its launch in 1993.
Clarkson was ousted from his job with "Top Gear" in early 2015 after a police investigation revealed that he assaulted and verbally abused one of the show's producers.