Exclusive: Former Top Gear presenter Lisa Jones on the show’s rise and fall

Lisa Jones was a Top Gear regular on the popular BBC motoring show.

But the 62-year-old actress has now been replaced by Jeremy Clarkson, the man behind Top Gear, as the host of the motoring podcast.

She told Sky News: “It’s very strange and a bit disheartening to think I’m no longer on the programme.”

I’ve been watching Jeremy for almost 25 years and he’s always been a friend of mine and someone who I’ve loved.

“He’s very passionate about motoring and it’s a passion I’ve always loved.

It’s a great feeling.”

It’s all been a blur, with Clarkson having left the BBC in 2017 to launch his own motoring website, The Top Gear Report, and Clarkson now taking over as host of The Biggest Loser.

And despite being part of the Top Gear family, she has never really felt the same.

“It’s difficult to get to grips with, I don’t know how to describe it,” she said.

“You have to go through a bit of a time jump where you’re sort of a blank canvas and there’s a lot of different styles and colours and things that you can wear and everything is different.”

But I’m a big fan of the show and it has a really strong connection with me.

“But she is not happy about the way things have changed, and said she does not like having her name attached to it.”

That’s a little bit disrespectful, I suppose, for me,” she told Sky.”

When I was in Top Gear I was so proud of my career.

I loved every minute of it, I loved being the car driver, the stunt driver, and I loved having a laugh with all of the other crew.

“The BBC said: “The Top Gear team are delighted to welcome Lisa Jones to The Bigest Loser as the new host of Top Gear.

“Top Gear has won two Emmys, including Outstanding British TV Programme, for three consecutive years, and won the 2014 Golden Globe for best TV programme.

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