A new report from overseas claims former Top Gear presenter Jeremy Clarkson could be fired from streaming service Amazon Prime next year – and The Grand Tour auto show was canceled – after comments in a newspaper column about Meghan Markle.
former top gear The British host Jeremy Clarkson can part with the streaming platform Amazon Prime – and bring The Great Tour Auto show over – according to a report from overseas at the end of next year.
Clarkson came under fire in late December 2022 for a column published in the UK The sun Newspaper that urged Meghan, the Duchess of Sussex, to ‘show off naked’ as people ‘throw clods of feces at her’.
The TV presenter apologized for the comments in the column on December 19, 2022, three days after it was published – claiming it was a reference to the game of Thrones tv show. Clarkson apologized again in a lengthy post on the social media platform Instagram over night.
Now a report from the US entertainment news website diversity claims streaming service Amazon Prime “will not be working with Clarkson beyond the season.” The Great Tour driving a car Clarkson’s farm shows “which have already been commissioned”.
diversity claims that four more special episodes are planned The Great Tourthe last of which is scheduled to air in late 2024.
After the airing of this episode, the US website assumes that the auto show, which Clarkson presents alongside Richard Hammond and James May, is coming to an end.
Sources have reportedly told the US website Clarkson’s second show on Amazon Prime, Clarkson’s farmis now set to end after its third season, which is expected in 2024.
Amazon Prime reportedly declined comment when approached by diversity — and Clarkson has yet to respond to the reports on his social media profiles.
The latest controversy surrounding Clarkson comes seven years after the presenter was forced to leave the BBC top gear in 2015 after attacking a producer for not having a hot dinner after a long day of filming.
After the incident, Clarkson was suspended top gearand his contract with the BBC broadcaster in the UK was not renewed.
Clarkson, Hammond and May – who turned around top gear a global TV sensation after rebooting in 2002 – then signed to Amazon Prime and has directed five seasons of The Great Tour since 2016.
In his column published in The sun Newspaper on Dec. 16, 2022, Clarkson wrote about the Duchess of Sussex (via diversity): “I hate them. Not the way I hate Nicola Sturgeon [leader of the Scottish National Party] or Rose West [a UK serial killer]. I hate them on a cellular level.”
Clarkson then referred to what he later clarified was a reference to a scene from the game of Thrones TV show: “At night I can’t sleep as I lay there grinding my teeth and daydreaming about the day when she has to parade naked through the streets of every city in Britain while the crowd chants ‘Shame!’ chanted. and throw clumps of excrement at them.”
Three days after The sun column was published, Clarkson said in a statement Twitter: “In a column I wrote about Meghan, I awkwardly referenced a scene game of Thrones and that went down badly with a lot of people.
“I am appalled to have caused so much damage and will be more careful going forward,” Clarkson wrote.
Meghan Markle’s high-profile husband, Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex, responded to Clarkson’s column in a later television interview, calling it “terrible, hurtful and cruel to my wife.”
Clarkson made a second, longer statement in a post Instagram overnight — at a similar time to the release of the diversity report – and said: “I’m really sorry. All the way from the balls of my feet to the follicles on my head. This is me raising my hands.”
“I usually read what I’ve written to someone else before submitting it, but I was home alone on that fateful day and in a hurry,” Clarkson said Instagram.
“When I was done, I just hit send. And then, when the column came out the next day, the land mine exploded.
“It was a slow rumble at first and I ignored it. But then the rumble grew louder. So I took a copy of it The sun to see what all the fuss was about.
“We were all there, I think. At that precise moment we suddenly realize we’ve completely screwed it up. You’re sweaty and cold at the same time. And your head is pounding. And you’re sick. I couldn’t believe what I read. Did I really say that? It was terrible.”
Clarkson said in the Instagram In an email on Christmas morning, he apologized to Meghan and Prince Harry that he was “baffled by what they had said on TV but that the language I used in my column was disgraceful and that it I was deeply sorry.”
A spokesman for the Duke and Duchess of Sussex confirmed this diversity Clarkson’s call for an apology, but said: “What still needs to be addressed is [Clarkson’s] longstanding pattern of writing articles that spread hate speech, dangerous conspiracy theories, and misogyny.
“Unless every one of his other articles was also written ‘in a hurry,’ as he says, it is clear that this is not an isolated incident shared in a hurry, but rather a series of articles shared in hatred.”
Clarkson has been the subject of much controversy over the past two decades top gear and The Great Tourfrom a spate of xenophobic comments – including saying a Mexican-made car would be “rotten” – to a racial slur in an unused clip from a 2012 episode top gear.
After Clarkson, Hammond and May left the show, top gear was relaunched again by the BBC with a new team of presenters.
Since then, a total of 11 seasons have aired, with the last seven hosted by motoring journalist Chris Harris, comedian and presenter Paddy McGuinness and former cricketer-turned-presenter Andrew “Freddie” Flintoff.
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