After the news that Jeremy Clarkson has been axed by Amazon, resulting in his shows being cut, many Prime customers have decided to cancel their subscriptions in protest.
This could turn out to be a huge loss for Amazon.
If you didn’t know, the news comes after the sixty-two-year-old’s controversial comments regarding Meghan 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”.
After the news came out, many criticized Clarkson’s comments.
Even Clarkson’s own daughter, Emily had something to say about his controversial column. She took to her Instagram stories 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.”
Then, a month after Clarkson’s column was published, it was revealed that the star had been axed by Amazon Prime.
The news prompted questions from fans as to whether his hit show Clarkson’s Farm will return to screens.
Fans will be happy to know that they are still going ahead with the second and third series. The release date of the second series of Clarkson’s Farm was announced by the streaming site as February 10, and they also confirmed a third season will be happening.
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.
When fans caught wind of the news, many took to social media to announce they would be cancelling their subscriptions in protest.
One person said: “So Amazon has dropped Jeremy Clarkson. Well, I’ve just cancelled my Amazon Prime account.”
While a second added: “That’s my Amazon Prime cancelled #IStandWithJeremyClarkson.”
“I see Amazon has suspended Jeremy Clarkson over his comments on Meghan Markle,” a third chimed, adding: “I actually don’t have a strong opinion on that, nor am I a huge fan of Jeremy Clarkson. I do, however, care about free speech. I have cancelled my Prime membership after 3 years.”