Mine wasnt easy to get out, but I took a pair of pliers and rotated the clamp and it came loose. I then had to wiggle it and bend it to get it out because it was stuck.
I replaced mine because someone had ripped the star off the hood.
'92 300CE - Sold
2004 C240 - C7 Wheels
2015 ML350 - P1, Pano, Ash poplar wood, Sport Dinamica interior, Running Boards Keyless go.