The news surrounding Jeremy Clarkson just keeps getting worse, as a handful of celebrities have now announced they won’t appear alongside him in a charity episode of Who Wants To Be A Millionaire.
This comes after he was “axed” by ITV as host on the quiz show, following the news that Amazon Prime announced it would cease working with the star.
It comes after the sixty-two-year-old’s controversial comments regarding Meghan Markle.
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 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.”
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.”
However, a month after Clarkson’s column was published, it was 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.
And things are only getting worse for Clarkson, as ITV has also announced it has cut ties with the host, per the Mail Online.
ITV executives revealed that only previously commissioned episodes of Who Wants To Be A Millionaire, will be hosted by Clarkson, and that they have no “commitments” with him beyond that.
When the Daily Mail contacted the broadcaster, they did not provide any comments. However, a spokesperson did mention that they have “a further series contractually commissioned and due to film.” Additionally, there are no other commitments beyond what is already in place.
Not only that, but it appears that a celebrity charity episode has also been cut, following reports that the female contestants refused to work with the star.
A source told the Mirror: “The feelings were made very loud, and very clear. Namely that they didn’t want to share a platform with Clarkson and, in doing so, risk being seen to legitimise his misogynistic comments.
“They were appearing on the show to raise money for charity, and they were acutely aware that they didn’t want causes special to their heart to be caught up in any backlash. It was a no-brainer to be honest, they had to walk away.”
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