Jeremy Clarkson's message to anyone disappointed with their A-level results

The former Top Gear presenter frequently polarises public opinion Credit: PA

As British teenagers hesitantly picked up their A-level results today, Jeremy Clarkson offered some words of encouragement from a villa in the French Riviera:

Around 300,000 students across the UK received their A-level grades today, and while some may have found comfort in The former Top Gear presenter's remark, his tweet attracted some less than favourable reaction online.

Some saw his comment as unhelpful, insisting that good qualifications remain the closest guarantee of success.

Others criticised what they saw as Clarkson's revelling in his own wealth and good fortune, and some noted his recent dismissal from his job at the BBC.

Clarkson, who frequently polarises public opinion, might well have expected the mixed response.