Cap'n Slow slams 'Twitbook, FaceTube'
RUINING TOP GEAR MOMENTS: Even your favourite Top Gear moments being ruined by a fan posting spy footage. Would you still watch the show if the "surprise" was ruined?
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LONDON, England - Top Gear presenter James May (Captain Slow to his co-presenters) is blaming social networking and video sites for ruining the shows' surprises.
According to the London Daily Mail, May believes any filming of the hit motoring show in a public place is simultaneously videoed or photographed by the public and then posted online. For sites such as Wheels24 to pick up...
May, who co-hosts the show with Jeremy Clarkson and Richard Hammond, said fans posted video on sites such as Twitter, Facebook and YouTube and ruined any surprises for viewers.
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He even predicted a bizarre future when there would be no need for a film crew as the amount of video available from the public would allow fans to create their own versions of 'Top Gear'. Anyone up for 'Top Gear Brakpan'?
May wrote in Top Gear magazine: "These days it's quite difficult to surprise you on the telly because everything we do in any vaguely public place is immediately filmed, photographed or noted and then exposed on Twitbook and FaceTube.
"So, I see a future where we don't need to film and edit Top Gear. You will do it for us."
May even has some ideas for a future fan-made episode: "We will arrange to drive some £500 (R7000) cars to France (where the producers have come up with a series of challenges) and you will pool your footage to make an item."
Top Gear has run for 18 seasons, the latest finished in March 2012 and is recorded to have 350-million viewers a week in 170 countries.