Top Gear's executive producer says the man who angrily declared Jeremy Clarkson "won't come back to Australia" has nothing to do with the show and had no right to speak for the Top Gear star.
The unnamed man was filmed confronting photographers outside an exclusive Sydney restaurant last night after paparazzi crashed a private dinner Clarkson was attending at Woolloomoolloo.
"They force us into a restaurant, they force us upstairs. You're the reason we won't be coming back to Australia," he can be heard saying on video of the stoush.
Although he is believed to be a member of Clarkson's entourage who travelled from the UK with the Top Gear star, the program’s top boss Andy Wilman said the man had "no right to make any comment in relation to the show".
"His remarks most certainly do not reflect our views on any way," Mr Wilman told ninemsn in a statement.
"I know there was a stressful situation involving paparazzi, there may have been some puffing up of chests – I neither know nor care.
"I am absolutely furious about what he said and I would like the viewers who watch and enjoy Top Gear in Australia to know this."
Fiery Top Gear host Clarkson also got drawn into a verbal altercation with the paparazzi shortly after arriving at the harbourside Otto restaurant by water taxi with co-host James May and eight other guest, including 43-year-old beautician Phillipa Sage.
Clarkson, who appeared shocked and furious at the unwanted media attention, can be seen getting right up in the face of one photographer, asking "what are you going to do?"
"If they stay, we're going," Clarkson said.
The star reportedly declared one of the photographers in the press pack should be "thrown into the river" and angrily confronted celebrity snapper Jamie Fawcett face to face. "I write for The Sun, we work for the same company, why are you doing this," Clarkson said. Mr Fawcett replied: "News Limited sacked me years ago".
Clarkson blamed the unwanted presence on "someone at the restaurant" tipping off the media and at one point threatened to leave the restaurant before heading upstairs.
"You can take them out of England but you just can't take the convict out of them," he reportedly said.
Sources: Daily Telegraph
Author: Matthew Henry. Approving editor: Fiona Willan