“Our tours would never be the same again.
“We would always be accompanied and watched over by a BBC official to make sure we never allowed Jeremy to say or do anything controversial.”
Sage went on to say that the BBC’s precautionary move was “pretty pointless”.
She divulged: “This was very annoying and also pretty pointless.
“Was anyone ever going to stop Jeremy doing or saying what he liked?”
Off-Road With Clarkson, Hammond And May, by Phillipa Sage, will be available from May 13 for £8.99.