A SENIOR US army officer has revealed he was hurt after Jeremy Clarkson pretended not to know him.Clarkson thought this was Dustin Hoffman in ‘Tootsie’
Air cavalry commander, Lieutenant Colonel Bill Kilgore, said he and Clarkson had met several times since 1979 and that the Top Gear presenter always seemed to enjoy his company.
Kilgore said: I would tell him stories about my days in Vietnam. About how I used to play Wagner from the choppers as we attacked coastal villages. He asked me why and I said because it scared the hell out of the slopes.
And then he asked what a slope was and I said its a racist term for an east Asian person. And he though that was very funny.
I’d explain that it wasn’t supposed to be and it was actually one of the ways in which we expressed our fear and hatred, but he just giggled.
And then I would tell him to sniff some napalm every morning. And then I’d talk to him about surfing for six hours.
Kilgore added: Anyway, I bumped into him last week and he completely blanked me. It was as if we hadnt met each other at least two or three times, particularly when he was a student.
I was so disappointed, because I wanted to tell him that I had just got back from holiday in Vietnam and that not only do the Vietnamese surf, theyre actually very good at it.