After hate comment on Duchess Meghan: Amazon is probably separating from Jeremy Clarkson
After hate comment on Duchess Meghan
Amazon is reportedly parting ways with Jeremy Clarkson
Jeremy Clarkson’s days on Amazon Prime Video appear to be numbered following his scandalous op-ed on Duchess Meghan.
Streaming provider Amazon Prime Video wants itself according to a Variety report promptly separate from Jeremy Clarkson (62). According to this, all formats that have already been commissioned are to be produced with the moderator and car enthusiast, but after that there is apparently no longer any interest in further cooperation.
“Variety” calculates that the two shows “Clarkson’s Farm” and the successful automobile TV magazine “The Grand Tour” will probably be sold in 2024. The exact reasons for this decision are not mentioned. But it is considered highly likely that Clarkson’s recent excuses against Duchess Meghan (41) played a not insignificant role in this.
Scandal after guest post
The TV presenter known as a provocateur Clarkson (“Top Gear”) had caused outrage in the UK when he wrote in a guest post for The Sun just before the New Year that he “hates” Meghan and “dreams of the day when she is paraded naked through every city in Great Britain , while the crowd ‘shame!’ shouts and throws excrement at them”. The article, intended as a reaction to the Netflix documentary series Harry & Meghan, drew a record number of complaints from the UK Press Council – over 20,000.
“The Sun” then replaced the post with an apology from Jeremy Clarkson and also asked for forgiveness from Meghan and Prince Harry (38). According to the British media, this apology was not accepted: “The fact that ‘The Sun’ has not contacted the Duchess of Sussex to apologize shows her intention. This is nothing but a PR stunt”, so the spokesman for the royal couple according to “The Guardian”. “While the public absolutely deserves the paper’s regret for the dangerous comments, we wouldn’t be in this situation if The Sun didn’t continually exploit and capitalize on hate, violence and misogyny.”
Clarkson follows up with another apology
Matching the “Variety” report, Clarkson has now published a new and six-page statement on the matter on his Instagram account. In it he states “that he is truly sorry”. It was only after the publication and the ensuing storm of indignation that he realized that his post sounded like calling for violence against Meghan. “I’m not a sexist and I abhor violence against women. And yet I seemed to support just that.”
On Christmas morning he also contacted me directly by e-mail Harry and Meghan apologizes, Clarkson continues. His choice of words was “pathetic” and he was “deeply sorry”, according to his email. It is not clear from his text whether the two accepted his apology.
A passage of text in Clarkson’s statement suggests that the guest post may indeed have broken with Amazon: “ITV, the ‘Who Wants to be a Millionaire?’ and Amazon, which produces ‘Farm Show’ and ‘Grand Tour’, were furious.” In addition to his involvement with Amazon, Clarkson has been the presenter of the English edition of “Who Wants to Be a Millionaire?” since 2018. Shortly after the scandal, however, it was said according to “The Guardian”that Clarkson may remain the show host of the format until further notice.