'Top Gear': BBC Bosses Defend Show (Again) After Rugby Club Filming Debacle

Chris Evans isn't having a very good month, is he?
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‘Top Gear’ bosses have been forced to defend the show for what feels like the zillionth time this month, after the crew ran into trouble filming at Folkestone Rugby Club.

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A BBC spokesperson has defended presenters Matt LeBlanc and Chris Evans, as well as the Top Gear’ crew, following reports that they turned up at the club to film unexpectedly.

<strong>Chris and Matt are leading a team of six presenters (plus The Stig, of course)</strong>
Chris and Matt are leading a team of six presenters (plus The Stig, of course)
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A member of staff at the club, Pat Morgan, explained the incident to the Telegraph, telling the paper: "They just suddenly appeared and filmed with a motorbike, which Matt LeBlanc was on, and an old red Jag and an Audi.

<strong>Westminster council also disputed whether or not permission had been given to the crew</strong>
Westminster council also disputed whether or not permission had been given to the crew

The debacle comes just one week after the much-talked about Cenotaph filming row.

The war memorial was left with tyre marks around it after a session of filming, and the ‘Top Gear’ team apologised profusely in the wake of the incident, before confirming that the scenes filmed there won’t be shown on the show.

On Tuesday, it was announced that the BBC’s former Head of Factual Entertainment Clare Pizey has been given editorial control of the show.

A source explained to The Sun: “BBC top brass want no more gaffes so have put Pizey on the case with the remit to make the show safe.

“There was serious doubt it would even make it to air after the Cenotaph outrage.”

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