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    Sat 12 Nov 2016
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    9.30pm - 10.30pm
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    Week 46 2016 : Sat 12 Nov - Fri 18 Nov
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    Fri 11 Nov 2016
JEREMY CLARKSON speaks about Trump, Brexit and leaving Top Gear. He also speaks about his new series, The Grand Tour and why it’s his “new baby”
LITTLE MIX reveal the ups and downs of the five years since winning The X Factor, why writing their book acted as therapy and their future involving a ‘Baby Mix’ group
MICKY FLANAGAN reveals he’s going back on tour and speaks about avoiding Twitter
JEREMY, LITTLE MIX, ROBBIE AND MICKY all take part in a ‘Stars (not) in their Cars’ style race around the studio paying homage to the guests’ love of cars in a variety of vehicles 
ROBBIE WILLIAMS performs two songs from his brand new album
On this week’s episode of The Jonathan Ross Show, Jonathan is joined by broadcaster Jeremy Clarkson; globally successful girlband, Little Mix; comedian Micky Flanagan and music superstar, Robbie Williams performs.
Controversial broadcaster and former Top Gear host, Jeremy Clarkson, joined the sofa and spoke to Jonathan about Trump, Brexit and his “new baby”, The Grand Tour.
Speaking about the result of the US election, Jeremy shared his views on Donald Trump being elected as President: “It’s hilarious. It is hilarious, you know if you go on Twitter you have to say ‘Really the world has taken a tragic step backwards’. It hasn’t, it’s funny. I do like chaos. I really have always enjoyed chaos ever since I was a small boy, I liked to push over the display of beans in the supermarket, that sort of thing and when you see [that Trump has become President]... That hair, that nylon hair is now in the White House and you just think that is properly funny.” When Jonathan asked if he found it at all worrying, Clarkson said: “I live in Chipping Norton, he has no power there, what is he going to do? I’ve already blown my house up… It saves Trump the bother.” 
Revealing his thoughts on Hillary Clinton, Jeremy said: “If you’ve got a newspaper column as I do, you need to fill it. And if they’ve got Hillary [Clinton], did you see Hillary’s not acceptance speech, the opposite? I was so looking forward to that because I like a loser, I’ve had much practice. But you know at the end of a football match, they always show the winners celebrating. I go no no no no no, I want to see the losers, I want to see the ‘oh no’ [disappointed faces]... It’s a cruel streak, I was desperate to see Hillary’s ‘I’ve-c*cked-it-up’ [speech] but she still had the same rictus grin on her face. She wore that rictus grin, I think this was her problem, that all through the campaign she wore the same face and even when Trump said that Bill [Clinton] was a rapist [she still had the same grin]... You’ve got to go ‘No wait a minute, that’s too strong Nylon Man’ that’s what she should have said.”
Jeremy did his best impression of Hillary Clinton’s “rictus grin” before joking, “I’ll do a Donald” and ruffling his hair up.
Jeremy also spoke about his reaction to Brexit: “I’ve always loved being part of Europe… You know the relationship we have with Australians which is the most healthy relationship of any two countries in the world… If the whole world just teased one another like that, there’s no harm. It’s like brothers sort of thing. And I have exactly the same relationship with the French, I love going to Europe, I went to Germany this week, it doesn’t matter where I am, it’s all fantastic and it’s exciting and interesting and I love the whole idea that we could have this United States of Europe, I’ve always dreamed of that. And apart from anything else, I could smell Trump coming… When I go to America, I go to a place where they mate with vegetables and they produce these [idiots], they knew they were going to vote for Trump, it was obvious Trump was going to win.”
When Jonathan asked if Jeremy thought democracy wasn’t a good idea following the outcomes of this year’s political votes, Jeremy said: “Not necessarily, we were going to have Putin on one side, we were going to have Trump on the other and Europe was going to be this still small voice of calm, much like mine, sitting in this troubled world and now we’ve gone and left it… I sort of like it too because it was chaotic and hilarious as well.”
Although he wouldn’t reveal details of him leaving Top Gear or comment on reports in the newspaper as to why he was sacked from the show, Jeremy did an impression of his ‘Hillary Clinton grin’ and said: “I’m grinning. I’m not going to answer those questions because that was a long time ago. I once nicked a copy of ‘Men Only’ I don’t want to talk about that either.”
Speaking about returning to work fairly quickly after leaving the BBC, he said: “There were nine minutes from me leaving the BBC, to Richard [Hammond] and James [May] saying ‘Actually we’ll come with you.’ And they were the happiest nine minutes of my life. Then in they walked. And we got cracking and it was about 15 months ago… Honestly, there was never a question of [them staying at the BBC], everybody left, producers, everybody just walked out the door and then we had to get going and that’s quite complicated. You can’t do the same show because of ‘intellectual property, IP’ so lawyers come and say ‘You can’t do that, you can’t have the audience standing up, you can’t do Star in a Car, you can’t have The Stig, James May can’t be slow and pedantic, I can’t be bombastic, Hammond can’t be short and from Birmingham’ so we had to jumble everything up and so we had to start again. We started in a tiny little office in Marylebone and there were only two chairs in it so we took it in turns to sit down and we had a stationery cupboard with a highlighter in it and some A4 paper and that was it… It is quite interesting because when you work for a large broadcasting organisation, they take care of everything for you. All of the stuff you don’t even know you need to do. Then, it was all taken care of for us and then suddenly we had to do it all. Like a potted plant, where do you get a potted plant from? You need a potted plant… Every office you’ve ever been into has a potted plant. You do [need it] else why does every other office have one?... [To Jonathan] You work here, when the drains block do you care a less? No. When the drains block in our office, I have to go and unblock them!”
On his reaction to the new Top Gear series that was launched on the BBC after Jeremy’s departure, he said: “This is the most political answer I’m ever going to give in my life, it’s not for me to comment on the efforts of other people in the same sphere any more than I say to you ‘tell me about Graham Norton’... They were doing their thing and I watched the first two and thought ‘OK they’re doing that, we’ll carry on doing what we’re doing’... I saw the first two because then we went away, but they were doing what they were doing and now they’re going to do it again, doing it probably differently… Nobody goes ‘Oh for heaven’s sake, there’s two cookery shows.’ There must be a thousand cookery shows, there’s a thousand gardening shows… Top Gear was very much my baby but now we have another one, it’s grown up, it’s become adolescent.”
Speaking about his new series, The Grand Tour, he said: “Names were incredibly difficult because every single combination of letters and numbers you can think of is already registered somewhere in the world by somebody.” On whether there is anything in the new series’ initials being GT and Top Gear obviously being TG, Jeremy said: “Yep. Everyone has conspiracy theories about it but no it was a pure accident [shakes his head and mouths ‘No it wasn’t.’]”
Speaking about feeling any pressure on the new series being successful because of the reportedly high costs of it, he said: “It’s a little bit more than it used to be but not that much more. The truth is, it’s three old men bickering and falling over. We should have called it ‘Last of the Summer Wine’ because that’s actually what it is.” Speaking about the first episode where they feature three super cars they were never able to in the BBC series, he said: “We wanted to reclaim the car crown. We just wanted to say ‘You probably think we’re going to disappear off up our own a*ses but actually we’re still capable and would want to do a car show.’ Admittedly in week two, we’ve pretty much forgotten to put a car in it.”
After a clip of the show was shown with dangerous-looking stunts - including James May shooting a car - Jeremy said: “In the clip just there, if you’d have been in a large broadcasting organisation they would never have let you have real bullets, but it’s our little production company… It’s funny when you’ve got real bullets. So much of the world is funny if only people would laugh at it. I wake up every day and honestly, can’t we just laugh at things? If you wake up in the morning and you’re breathing, you’re quids in.”
Speaking about when James May broke his arm whilst away on location when he fell over on a slippery surface after having a few drinks, Jeremy said: “That was the day before the very first shoot in France. He said he wasn’t going to turn up but then we pointed out to him that he was an a*se and that he was going to turn up and so he did turn up and we found an automatic car and off he went. It’s not hard. Anyway he managed very well, he never mentioned it,” he said rolling his eyes.
Speaking about his own experiences of hurting himself whilst filming, Jeremy said: “I put a clutch pedal through my ankle once, they found that very funny as I was carted off to hospital... I drove a lorry through a wall… Health and Safety had said ‘You mustn’t go faster than 30 miles per hour’. I thought it was going to look so slow and boring and so I went about 50 and hit the wall and it really hurt actually, I was surprised… These people in high visibility jackets may have had a point… But I didn’t make a fuss. I did.”
Former winners of The X Factor and globally successful girl group, Little Mix, joined the sofa and spoke to Jonathan about how their lives have changed since winning the singing competition five years ago, surviving an earthquake in Japan and their new book being therapy.
Leigh-Anne, Perrie, Jade and Jesy - who were put into a band whilst they were contestants on The X Factor - said they could never imagine being soloists now. Jesy said: “If we were on our own, we’d be terrified. I just love that we - I know it sounds really cheesy - but I love how we support each other and bring out a confidence in each other that we never knew we had. I think if we were on our own, we’d absolutely sh*t ourselves.” Perrie added: “We’d be lonely. I think we experience everything for the first time but together, we can tell each other anything.”
Speaking about the emotional ups and downs over the past few years, including heartbreak, Jesy said: “That’s what’s lovely about being in a group, we all literally support each other and when we’re going through bad times we can all relate to it.” Leigh-Anne said: “When I split up with my ex, I was thinking ‘I have got my three best friends, what does it matter?’ I’m so lucky to have these girls and that’s how we feel all the time. We’re the best of friends. People don’t believe that we actually get on as well.” 
On how the girls have maintained their down-to-earth demeanor, Jade said: “I think as people we haven’t really changed. Obviously everything around us has changed, we’ve had to adjust to being pop stars, it is a bit weird, we’ve had our moments haven’t we… Getting freebies, we weren’t used to. Before this we were all quite working class, we didn’t have a lot of money but we’ll have it.” Jesy joked, “Jonathan, we absolutely milked it!”
And on how their stardom has affected their families, Jade said: “They love it, it’s amazing for us as well to be able to almost change their lives, that is an incredible thing. [Perrie] just bought her mum a house…” With Perrie saying, “It’s been my dream.”
Speaking about loving Japan, the girls recounted a story where they were caught up in an Earthquake. Perrie explained: “Me and Jesy are lying in bed having a little moment, a heart-to-heart and I’m looking at her and the bed is [shaking]... She thought a man had came into our room and started shaking the bed!... We were on the 27th floor!” Jade added: “Leigh-Anne was snapchatting, getting a nice filter!”
Jonathan spoke about the book the girls have released which features more personal aspects of their life. Speaking about that, Jade said: “It was quite tough. It was like therapy wasn’t it? We sat down with someone and we said all our experiences growing up and stuff. And I liked that the pop star life is obviously very glitzy and glamourous but I like that this time we were very honest and said things that we wouldn’t usually talk about and it was nice to show the fans.”
Jesy added: “The way that we feel about ourselves. Especially in the beginning, we did get a lot of stick [about the way we looked]... I think there’s a lot of pressure, especially for young girls, to look a certain way and when we went on The X Factor we didn’t look that great and we got a lot of stick for it and it was hard. Obviously we’d just been thrown into this whole experience so we’d never experienced anything like this and it was just a bit of a shock to the system. We still get it now but I think we’ve grown a thick skin now to it all. It’s hard especially when you’re so young and you’re not used to people just being able to comment on what you look like and being able to see it in front of your face, it’s hard.”
On the breakdown of Perrie’s relationship with former One Direction star, Zayn Malik, she said: “For a normal girl to go through something like that it’s hard. I think when the whole world is looking at it and talking about it, you feel a bit [affected by it]. Obviously I didn’t say too much about it, I briefly mentioned it. I wasn’t going to not mention it… You’re in control at the end of the day and I briefly mentioned it, kind of said what happened but I would never get into detail because it is personal.”
The girls said they felt lost when they had time off after five years of working. Perrie said: “We had a month off not long ago and we literally didn’t know what to do with ourselves, it was really strange. We messaged each other every day asking, ‘what are you doing now?’ ‘what are you up to?’”
When Jonathan asked what the future might hold for the girls and that they might all want to take a break and have families in the future, Leigh-Anne said: “It’s really weird when you say that. When we have kids, that is just so strange, it will change us. We already said we’re going to have kids at the same time and then we’re going to form another ‘Little Mix’ band.” Jonathan asked, “Like a Junior Mix?” and the girls agreed before Jade added: “We’ll be pushy mothers throwing them on a stage.”
Leigh-Anne decided to teach Jeremy and Jonathan how to twerk.
Stand up comedian, Micky Flanagan, joined the sofa after a break away from the spotlight and announced a new tour.
On his break away from comedy, Micky said he enjoyed spending time with his family and enjoying time out: “We had a lot of success and then I decided to have a break… I love stand up and I wanted to come back to it… I really loved having a year off, two years, it was fantastic.”
Micky exclusively revealed on the show that he will be going back on tour next year. “I’m going back out on tour. I’m really excited about it… We have to do [arenas] now because otherwise people get upset because they can’t get a ticket to the show.” And on how he is going to adapt to working hard again after his break, he said: “I’m the modern professional, I know how to carve my life up and say that’s that time, this is this time, this is when I’m going to be funny tonight and this is when I’m going to be down the pub having a burger and a pint reading the paper.”
On why he chooses to avoid social media, Micky joked it was for fear of losing his job with his opinions: “No, I drink. Because I will write something that gets me into so much trouble, I’ll be watching Newsnight or something and it’ll be ‘Right Mick, sort this out’ and in the morning I’ll wake up, no career, nothing.”
At the end of the show, all of the guests got in the Top Gear/Grand Tour spirit, racing around the studio in a variety of vehicles on a specially designed race track. Beating petrol heads, Jeremy, Robbie and Micky, Little Mix’s Leigh-Anne won the race!