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Smug overload on Moyles quiz; TELLY TALK.

IT was really too much arrogant smugness in one place at the same time.

Chris Moyles and Jeremy Clarkson are very similar. They have both managed to get into top positions in broadcasting and are determined to cling on to their jobs, even if they might be past it. Clarkson has hosted Top Gear for 23 years, Moyles is the longest-serving breakfast presenter on Radio 1. They can be quite witty at times, but they can also be infuriatingly selfsatisfied and have an over-in-flated view of their own importance.

TELLY TALK Moyles' worst moment came when he indulged in a halfhour rant about how he hadn't been paid for two months. He's hardly on the breadline, yet talked about how hard he works as if he's down a pit.

Clarkson is constantly causing outrage, with jokes about foreigners and people with disabilities, as well as calling Wednesbury "the worst place in the world". So having Clarkson as a guest on the first episode of the new series of Chris Moyles' Quiz Night was too much to bear.

He claimed he would be hopeless on the quiz because "I know nothing about popular culture" and he was right. He came last. Though he seemed to think that watching anything on ITV1 was beneath him.

The producers are probably delighted that they persuaded Britney Spears to ask a question - the hard-hitting "What is kelp?" - but for me it's a sure sign that this one-time pop idol, whose latest tour flopped, has joined the ranks of the hasbeens along with Clarkson and Moyles.
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Publication:Sunday Mercury (Birmingham, England)
Date:Nov 27, 2011
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