James May recently expressed his appreciation for the birthday wishes he received from his fans, describing them as a source of comfort during this “difficult time.”
Although he didn’t go into detail about what he meant, his comments presumably relate to the latest news suggesting Amazon Prime will be axing Jeremy Clarkson.
It comes after the sixty-two-year-old’s controversial comments regarding Markle last month.
In case you missed it, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex finally released the full 6 episodes of their bombshell docuseries Harry & Meghan on Netflix. As a result, the pair have been in the headlines solidly for the past couple of months.
Pinned as an “unprecedented and in-depth” look at the pair’s love story, it explores the “clandestine days of their early courtship and the challenges that led to them feeling forced to step back from their full-time roles in the institution.”
However, Clarkson didn’t seem to like it at all.
The former Top Gear host spoke out in an op-ed for The Sun. In the piece, Clarkson had some pretty damning things to say about the documentary, and, in particular, Markle.
“I hate her. Not like I hate Nicola Sturgeon or Rose West. I hate her on a cellular level,” he said of Markle.
“At night, I’m unable to sleep as I lie there, grinding my teeth and dreaming of the day when she is made to parade naked through the streets of every town in Britain while the crowds chant ‘Shame!’ and thrown lumps of excrement at her.
“Everyone who’s my age thinks the same way,” he added.
Further commentary from the presenter included comments that “younger people, especially girls, think [Markle’s] pretty cool,” which makes him feel even “angrier”.
Big names in the media have came out in force criticising Clarkson’s comments.
Former Countdown presenter Carol Vorderman tweeted her response: “NO Jeremy Clarkson. Not on any level, in any circumstance, is it ok to write this stuff about any woman.”
She further blasted his claim that everyone his age thinks the same, by writing: “No no no. We absolutely do NOT think the same. Listen to the noise Jeremy. The crowds are chanting ‘shame on YOU’.”
Comedian and Doctor Who star John Bishop also spoke out, saying that there was “no excuse” for Clarkson’s comments.
“I don’t care who you are or who you work for you simply can not write things like this. It is a blatant appeal to incite humiliation and violence on a woman.”
Fellow comedian Dom Joly also condemned the comments.
He said: “Literally gobsmacked at the utterly vile and disgusting comments written about Meghan Markle by Jeremy Clarkson in the Sun. What an utter piece of trash he is…what is it with these type of men that triggers them so?”
Even Clarkson’s own daughter had something to say about his controversial column.
Emily Clarkson took to her Instagram stories on Sunday evening to share her perspective, per The Independent.
“My views are and have always been clear when it comes to misogyny, bullying and the treatment of women by the media.
“I want to make it very clear that I stand against everything that my dad wrote about Meghan Markle and I remain standing in support of those that are targeted with online hatred.”
The twenty-eight-year-old has been a staunch defender of the Sussexes, having criticized the Daily Mail’s “inhumane” coverage of Markle just last week, claiming that the publication was “hellbent on DESTROYING this woman”.
However now, a month after Clarkson’s column was published, it has been revealed that the star is set to part ways with Amazon Prime.
Per Variety, Prime won’t be working with Clarkson on anything further than the series of The Grand Tour and Clarkson’s Farm that have already been commissioned.
This means that both shows are expected to end in 2024, when their final seasons are anticipated to end.
The news will also affect those that Clarkson works with on The Grand Tour, including Richard Hammond and James May, who recently thanked fans for his birthday messages.
Seemingly hinting at the recent news, May wrote: “Thank you for all your birthday wishes/cr*p jokes/sod offs. It is very comforting at this difficult time.”
He later added: “I have successfully applied for my over-60s bus and tube pass.
“Pretty impressive, old person using the internet, etc etc.”