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Top Gear incurs the wrath of George Osborne and a former military commander with Cenotaph stunt


By John McCarthy, Opinion Editor

March 14, 2016 | 3 min read

The BBC’s new Top Gear cast have caused their first major controversy, performing stunts near the Cenotaph on Whitehall.

Emulating Clarkson and co, who had a history of offensive behaviour at the helm of Top Gear, new star Matt Le Blanc can add irking a chancellor of the exchequer and a former British military commander to his CV.

George Osborne tweeted that the team, who were filming a segment for the show's upcoming series, were to keep the noise down while they span donuts near the monument.

Additionally, Col Richard Kemp, told BBC Radio 5 Live that footage of the stunts not to be broadcast, as it "does not need to have people screaming around in cars and generating smoke from their tyres all over it".

In response to the backlash, with many accusing the team of disrespecting fallen soldiers, Evans “apologised unreservedly for what these images seem to portray".

Adding: “They look entirely disrespectful, which of course was not and would never be the intention of the Top Gear team, or Matt.”

Le Blanc shared some images of the filming.

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