Viewers complain over ‘Top Gear’ in Chernobyl

Top Gear bosses are dealing with the fallout after viewers complained it was unfair to send presenters including Jeremy Clarkson to the heart of highly radioactive Chernobyl.

Some wrote to express concern about the safety of Clarkson, James May, and Richard Hammond when they headed into the region in the north of Ukraine which was the site of one of the world’s worst nuclear disasters.

The BBC2 show has often found itself in hot water for the upset caused by the hosts, but this time viewers were concerned the show may have put them at risk.

For the episode. the trio were trying to run out of fuel before reaching the restricted zone in the north of the country.

But only Hammond, who was weaving along roads to empty his tank more quickly, managed to drain his supplies and avoid driving as far as the deserted area which was evacuated and abandoned after the 1986 accident.

Clarkson was seen to leave his car and walk through the area when his fuel ran out.

The programme was screened earlier this month and to date the BBC has received 27 complaints from viewers. Some claimed that programme-makers were irresponsible for allowing the presenters to travel to the radioactive area.

There were also complaints from viewers who thought it was insensitive to visit the area.

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