Jeremy Clarkson did chemistry lesson naked from waist down ‘I like messing with authority’
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Jeremy Clarkson, 60, has shared he went out of his way to break “every rule” possible during his school career and even ended up removing his trousers in a rowdy chemistry lesson. The Top Gear star was expelled from Repton School, by his own accounts, for “drinking, smoking and generally making a nuisance of himself”.
I’d break every rule in the book
Now The Grand Tour host has provided further insight into the mischief he would cause as a youngster, after admitting he liked to “mess with authority”.
Jeremy revealed: “I like messing with authority. Always have. Very early in my school career, I decided that, before I left, I’d break every rule in the book.
“And then, having achieved this by the age of 16, I decided to break some rules they hadn’t even thought of yet.
“This meant smoking in chapel, doing an entire chemistry lesson naked from the waist down and doing handbrake turns on the new all-weather sports pitches in my mum’s Audi 80.
“One night I even put Polyfilla in every single lock in every single door in the entire school,” he added in his Sunday Times column.
The star also suffered “bullying” while at the prestigious school, but he is grateful for it now.
Speaking on The Andy Jaye Podcast, he previously shared: “I appreciate that for many, many, many people bullying is horrific, but it just wasn’t for me particularly.
“I mean it was horrible to suffer from it, but I look back and I am grateful for what it made me become if that makes sense.”
The well-known petrolhead was eventually expelled, but he is happy about that too – as it set him on the path that has made him one of the country’s most successful TV personalities.
While he was walking away from the school at the time, a man at the side of the road asked where he was going.
Jeremy admitted that he had been expelled, and the man replied, “Ha, well you’ll have to be a journalist then”.
He said: “So that was lucky I bumped into him because I hadn’t even considered journalism.”
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Following his expulsion, Jeremy joined the family business of selling Paddington Bears before working at the Rotherham Advertiser as a journalist.
However one day he began to feel bored at his job in Doncaster and decided to move to London to “broaden” his horizons.
He added: “So I left and came to London, with no job, no money.”
Once he had moved to the capital, Jeremy described struggling with the “notion” of working for someone else, as he was determined to run his own business.
He previously told BBC Radio 4’s Desert Island Discs: “I couldn’t really work this notion of working for someone else.
“I was living in Fulham in south-west London, a real Thatcher heartland, and everybody had their own little business doing up houses, a million different things, print shops and so forth.
“And I thought I’ve got to have one of these little businesses. So I forced myself to have an idea a day,” he added.
It was then he began to become involved with motor publishing after starting his own company that provided car reviews to the press, and the rest is history.
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