Jeremy Clarkson latest: Ex-Top Gear host avoids police probe over what he said in The Sun Meghan Markle article

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Jeremy Clarkson will remain the host on Who Wants To Be A Millionaire? “at the moment”, ITV boss Kevin Lygo has confirmed.

Lygo criticised the 62-year-old presenter’s comments about Meghan Markle, describing his tirade as “awful”.

In an op-ed published by The Sun on Friday (16 December), Clarkson wrote that he dreamt of the day Markle would be made to parade naked through Britain while the crowd chanted “shame” and threw “excrement” at her.

Clarkson claimed that “everyone who’s my age thinks the same way”.

The Sun has now removed Clarkson’s comment piece from its website. “In light of Jeremy Clarkson’s tweet he has asked us to take last week’s column down,” the page now reads.

More than 60 cross-party MPs have written to The Sun’s editor to demand an apology and “action taken” against Clarkson. The SNP’s shadow culture minister also called for Clarkson to be banned from TV altogether.

Ipso confirmed on Tuesday 20 December that it had received over 17,500 complaints about the presenter’s column, more than the total it received in 2021.

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Clarkson says he’s ‘horrified to have caused so much hurt’

A reminder of Clarkson’s response to the row caused by his column in The Sun.

It wasn’t an apology as such, but Clarkson said he was “horrified to have caused so much hurt”.

“Oh dear. I’ve rather put my foot in it,” he wrote on Twitter. “In a column I wrote about Meghan, I made a clumsy reference to a scene in Game of Thrones and this has gone down badly with a great many people. I’m horrified to have caused so much hurt and I shall be more careful in future.”

Tom Murray22 December 2022 01:31


This isn’t the first time Clarkson has made disparaging comments about Markle

While many people are rightly shocked by Clarkson’s comments in The Sun, it’s far from the first thing the former Top Gear presenter has said about the duchess.

Below, The Independent has collated seven occasions where the TV personality has made digs at Markle.

Tom Murray22 December 2022 00:16


Emily Clarkson called out media’s ‘inhumane’ treatment of Markle days before her father’s op-ed

Days before Jeremy Clarkson’s op-ed was published on 16 December, his daughter Emily had condemned the media’s “inhumane” treatment of Markle.

On 14 December, alongside a screenshot of a publication blurb which read, “Harry and Meghan release yet another Netflix trailer for their show waging war on the Palace ahead of new three episodes dropping TOMORROW”, Emily wrote a lengthy caption.

“My steadfast defence of them has never been of the individuals I don’t know, rather of two people who have, objectively, been treated APPALLINGLY,” she said.

“It’s bullying on a mass scale,” Emily continued. “I feel DEEP discomfort with our lack of humanity towards these two people.”

Following the publication of Clarkson’s column, she spoke out against her father, standing against “everything my father wrote”.

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‘I remain standing in support of those that are targeted with online hatred,’ said podcast host

Inga Parkel21 December 2022 20:10


Writer Joyce Carol Oates says Clarkson should be taken by ‘his word’

Joyce Carol Oates, the writer who penned 2000 historical fiction novel Blonde, about Marilyn Monroe, believe we should take Clarkson “at his word”.

“When an individual like Jeremy Clarkson admits publicly to a ‘cellular hatred’ of a Black woman,” she wrote on Twitter, “we should take him at his word: racism is primitive, irrational, sub-human & sub-ethical emotional violence directed against someone perceived as ‘other’.”

Inga Parkel21 December 2022 19:30


James O’Brien says Clarkson’s ‘gotta go’ on new podcast episode

James O’Brien thinks Clarkson’s “gotta go” after his “disgusting” op-ed against Markle.

Despite not normally buying into “that kind of response to off-air behaviour having on-air consequences”, the radio presenter said he believes “society demands standards”.

Therefore, “I don’t think they can keep him on the job”, O’Brien said on Wednesday’s (21 December) episode of his “The Whole Show” podcast.

“Pretty much everybody (except the weirdest people on the planet) agrees that it was absolutely disgusting.”

Inga Parkel21 December 2022 19:00


Police have confirmed that Clarkson is not going to face investigation over the article, despite calls from some critics to probe it as hate speech.

Louis Chilton21 December 2022 18:30


More than 60 MPs have written to The Sun complaining about the article.

Louis Chilton21 December 2022 18:00


The boss of ITV confirmed that Clarkson would not be removed from his post as presenter of Who Wants to Be a Millionaire?

He did, however, condemn Clarkson’s article in strong terms.

Louis Chilton21 December 2022 17:30


Piers Morgan weighed in on the issue with what many might characterise as a predictable response.

Louis Chilton21 December 2022 17:00


Going to re-share some of the main stories over the past day or so.

Firstly, the news that Clarkson’s story had broken the record for the number of complaints lodged to Ipso, the independent press standards organisation.

Jeremy Clarkson’s Meghan article breaks Ipso complaints record

Jeremy Clarkson’s column where he expressed hatred for the Duchess of Sussex has broken Ipso records as the most complained about article ever. The Independent Press Standards Organisation received more than 17,500 complaints – more than the total amount they received in 2021. In his piece for The Sun, the former Top Gear presenter said he dreamed of the day Meghan would be paraded “naked” through “every town in Britain” while crowds threw “lumps of excrement at her.” Mr Clarkson has since said he is “horrified” by the “hurt” caused, pledging he “shall be more careful in future.” Sign up for our newsletters.

Louis Chilton21 December 2022 16:30


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