Top Gear star Jeremy Clarkson flees Argentina after Falkands backlash

Jeremy Clarkson.
Jeremy Clarkson.

Controversial TV presenter Jeremy Clarkson and the crew of Top Gear are leaving Argentina after facing protests over the Falklands War.

The Doncaster-born star and the rest of the team have decided to leave South America after it emerged that Clarkson had been filmed driving a car which supposedly referred to the 1982 conflict.

The team have been filming in the country for a Top Gear special.

The show apparently provoked anger among locals by using a Porsche with the registration number H982 FKL - 82 was the year of the war while FKL is thought to refer to the Falklands.

The BBC confirmed the show’s decision to leave, three days early after being denied permission to film by local authorities.

It was reported their cars had been abandoned by the roadside and the crew were escorted to the airport, after being pelted with stones.

Clarkson flew into the country earlier last month to film a special which saw him and co-stars Richard Hammond and James May drive the famous Patagonian highway - Route 40 - to the southernmost city of Ushuaia.

Reports in the South American press suggested the Top Gear crew had left the country amid angry protests from politicians and war veterans, and demands for their withdrawal from Argentina.

Protests were held outside the hotel being used by the show’s stars.