Martin Clunes Slams Insurer That Sacked Him
Television star Martin Clunes has called car insurance company Churchill "rude" for dropping him from its adverts after he was banned for driving.
Clunes featured in the lucrative television campaign alongside the company's trademark nodding dog for almost a year.
But Churchill Insurance axed him in November after he accrued 12 points on his licence for speeding offences and magistrates banned him from driving.
The star of Men Behaving Badly and Doc Martin said he did not expect to be dropped.
"I was very surprised by their reaction. It was neurotic and very heavy-handed," said Clunes.
"Quite rude, actually. They never said goodbye. They never said thanks. They washed their hands of me completely."
The ad featured Clunes and an animatronic version of the Churchill dog travelling together on a motorbike and sidecar through the English countryside.
Speaking to the Radio Times magazine, Clunes also described his life with his family in a 135-acre Dorset farm with horses, dogs, cats, sheep, chickens and cows.
"I imagine there'll come a time when television withdraws itself from me.
"I do love my job. But I'd really like the farm to wash its face. That's still a way off, because there's been a lot of investment in infrastructure," he said, adding it would take a while to get it back.
Clunes has made an ITV documentary called Heavy Horse Power to look at how the traditional uses for working horses have been changing. He said he would like to see the working horse make a comeback in British farming.
Clunes is not the first Churchill frontman to fall foul of driving laws.
In 2005, comedian Vic Reeves was dropped as the voice questioning the dog in the campaign after he was caught drink driving.
what do you think?
Why is he surprised? They wouldn't have dropped him without good reaon because of the high cost of producing new advertisements. I think Churchillhave the right idea - you cannot sell motor insurance with an actor who has twelve points - three might be put down to bad luck, an error of judgement , but twelve!
Not good getting 3 POINTS,getting 12 POINTS for the same offence,what did he expect a medal?. As for CHURCHILL dropping him,if he drove for a LIVING he would have lost his job as well as his licence.Why do these so called stars think they are above the law? Wonder if CHURCHILL will give me his job as i have a CLEAN licence,i very much doubt it.
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serves you right for having a stupid car
Well done Churchill.
I agree with Churchill totally. He is a bad example to drivers and probably won't be insured while he is unable to drive. His insurance will be huge when he does get back on the road.
It's 2013 Martin your screwed that's another nice little earner gone mate, I liked you in Doc Martin but you can't walk on water 11 points your done mate
Without doubt Churchill did the right thing
Getting 12 points just shows Martin Clunes arrogance moaning why did he get sacked . YOUR A DANGEROUS DRIVER.
Is he serious?
Hardly surprising, the company are simply trying protect their reputation..............
"calm down martin,its just a commercial" r.i.p. michael winner.