Courtesy of the FT, former Newsnight presenter Jeremy Paxman has just taken his fellow former BBC colleague Jeremy Clarkson out to lunch.
Here's a couple of paragraphs from the resulting piece, presenting Jeremy P's general take on Jeremy C - and giving us an interesting glimpse into the thinking of "a couple of senior BBC producers":
I had happened to mention to a couple of senior BBC producers beforehand that I was lunching with Clarkson, and two individuals whom I had previously thought of as intelligent, friendly and quite sophisticated suddenly became a pair of spitting cobras. To them, Clarkson was pure pantomime enema. Is this a political thing or — they both happened to be women — a gender matter?
Because I simply cannot understand what there is to feel so bitter about. You don’t like him? Don’t listen to him. You don’t care about cars? I’m not interested in cars, either. But I do like to laugh. And Clarkson is funny. Very funny.