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This is what Top Gear's forgotten presenter Jason Dawe has done since being axed from the first season

Anish Vij

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This is what Top Gear's forgotten presenter Jason Dawe has done since being axed from the first season

Only the OG Top Gear fans will remember the likes of Jason Dawe who appeared on the first ever reboot of the series and never came back. Take a look at Dawe in action below:

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Well, the very first episode of the 2002-era of Top Gear was presented by Jeremy Clarkson, Richard Hammond and Jason Dawe.

Harry Enfield happened to be the show's first ever guest as the opening episode reportedly pulled in 2.43 million viewers.

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At the time, Dawe had particular expertise on the used car market.

He previously worked at car dealerships and was a motoring industry trainer.

His time on Top Gear, however, was shortlived, with producer Andy Wilman explaining it 'wasn't working out' with him.

Jason Dawe on Top Gear. Credit: BBC
Jason Dawe on Top Gear. Credit: BBC
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On searching for Dawe's replacement, Wilman said: "We had another visit from the BBC meddling department, who told us that market research showed our show was attracting young, lifestyle, trendy viewers to BBC2, so perhaps we should think about getting a young, lifestyle, trendy presenter.

“Ever keen to assist, we searched high and low and eventually came up with just the man: James May."

Dawe didn't return to our screens until 2005.

He later appeared on ITV's Used Car Roadshow with Penny Mallory until the programme was cancelled in 2007.

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Since then, the car enthusiast has worked on BBC Watchdog and The Morning Show, while also working alongside very short-lived Clarkson replacement Chris Evans.

Now aged 55, he is a regular columnist in The Sunday Times and writes for various car magazines, along with the occasional TV appearance.

Credit: BBC
Credit: BBC

His former co-host Clarkson has recently come under fire for his comments about Meghan Markle, saying he dreams of her being 'paraded naked through the streets' as people throw 'lumps of excrement' at her.

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Speaking about Prince Harry in a column for The Sun, he wrote: "I actually feel rather sorry for him because today he’s just a glove puppet with no more control over what he says or does than Basil Brush.

"Meghan, though, is a different story. I hate her.

"Not like I hate Nicola Sturgeon or Rose West. I hate her on a cellular level.

"At night, I’m unable to sleep as I lie there, grinding my teeth and dreaming of the day when she is made to parade naked through the streets of every town in Britain while the crowds chant, 'Shame!' and throw lumps of excrement at her."

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Clarkson revealed this week that he'd sent a personal apology to the Duke and Duchess of Sussex for his hurtful comments.

Credit: jeremyclarkson1/Instagram
Credit: jeremyclarkson1/Instagram

In a lengthy statement posted on Instagram earlier today, he said: "One of the strange things I’ve noticed in recent times is that whenever an MP or a well-known person is asked to apologise for something, no matter how heartfelt or profound that apology may be, it’s never enough for the people who called for it in the first place.

"So I’m going to try and buck the trend this morning with an apology for the things I said in a Sun column recently about Meghan Markle. I really am sorry.

"All the way from the balls of my feet to the follicles on my head. This is me putting my hands up. It's a mea culpa with bells on."

Featured Image Credit: BBC

Topics: Jeremy Clarkson, Top Gear, Celebrity, TV and Film

Anish Vij
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