Amazon Prime Video is said to have cut ties with Jeremy Clarkson due to his column on Meghan Markle that was posted in The Sun.
The Clarkson’s Farm legend has received widespread backlash after last month’s article which stated that he ‘hated’ the Duchess of Sussex making a reference to her being paraded through the streets and shamed like in Game of Thrones.
In the column, he wrote: “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 throw lumps of excrement at her”.
The BBC reports that there were a record 25,000 complaints have been made to press regulator Ipso since it was published.
According to Variety, the streaming service isn’t likely to be working with Clarkson after the next series of The Grand Tour and Clarkson’s Farm that have already been commissioned have aired.
This means that the Who Wants To Be A Millionaire presenter more than likely won’t be appearing in any new shows on Amazon Prime Video beyond 2024.
This means that “Clarkson’s Farm” will currently end with season three which is said to be expected in 2024, Variety reports.
The 62-year-old star won’t be appearing in any new shows on Prime Video beyond 2023. This means that series two of Clarkson’s Farm which airs next month will be the last.
The Top Gear star issued a lengthy apology to Meghan Markle and her husband Prince Harry over the column.
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Posting a lengthy statement on Instagram it read: “One of the strange things I’ve noticed in recent times is that whenever an MP or a well-known person is asked to apologise for something, no matter how heartfelt or profound that apology may be, it’s never enough for the people who called for it in the first place.
“So I’m going to try and buck the trend this morning with an apology for the things I said in a Sun column recently about Meghan Markle. I really am sorry.
“All the way from the balls of my feet to the follicles on my head. This is me putting my hands up. It’s a mea culpa with bells on.”
The Clarkson’s Farm presenter continued: “It was a slow rumble to start with, and I ignored it. But then the rumble got louder. So I picked up a copy of The Sun to see what all the fuss was about,” he said.
“We’ve all been there, I guess. In that precise moment when we suddenly realise we’ve completely messed up. You are sweaty and cold at the same time. And your head pounds. And you feel sick.
“I couldn’t believe what I was reading. Had I really said that? It was horrible.
“I knew what had happened straight away. I’d been thinking of a scene in Games Of Thrones, but I’d forgotten to mention this. So it looked like I was actually calling for revolting violence to rain down on Meghan’s head.
“I was very angry with myself because in all those controversial days on Top Gear, when I was accused of all sorts of things, it was very rarely sexism.
“We never did ‘women can’t park’ gags for instance. Or suggested that powerful cars were only for men. And I was thrilled when Jodie Kidd and Ellen MacArthur set fastest-ever laps in our reasonably-priced car.
“I’m just not sexist and I abhor violence against women. And yet I seemed to be advocating just that.
“I was mortified and so was everyone else. My phone went mad. Very close friends were furious. Even my own daughter took to Instagram to denounce me.”
Clarkson went on to describe the continued backlash as people called for him to be sacked.
“I therefore wrote to everyone who works with me saying how sorry I was and then on Christmas morning, I e-mailed Harry and Meghan in California to apologise to them too,” the statement continued.
“I said I was baffled by what they had been saying on TV but that the language I’d used in my column was disgraceful and that I was profoundly sorry.
“Over the last thirty years, I have written very nearly five thousand newspaper and magazine columns, so it was inevitable that one day, I’d do a Harry Kane and sky one of the damn things. Which is what happened with the piece about Meghan.”
In the statement he questioned his future writing: So can I move on now? Not sure. It’s hard to be interesting and vigilant at the same time.”
Read the whole Jeremy Clarkson statement embedded below:
The Sun newspaper has also apologised for the December article and has removed the piece from its website.
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