Jeremy Clarkson faces calls to be axed from ITV’s Who Wants to be a Millionaire and Amazon Prime

ITV and Amazon are facing calls to sack Jeremy Clarkson following his column saying he dreams of Meghan Markle being ‘paraded naked through the streets’.

The former Top Gear host, 62, has faced a huge backlash over the piece on Friday, in which he also said he despises the Duchess of Sussex ‘on a cellular level’ and felt ‘sorry’ for Prince Harry who is being ‘controlled’ by his wife.

And in an apparent reference to the iconic ‘Walk of Shame’ scene in Game of Thrones, he said he wanted to see ‘people throwing lumps of excrement at her’. 

The article – which also took aim at Scotland First Minister Nicola Sturgeon – has attracted criticism from high-profile figures, dozens of MPs and even his own daughter Emily.

Jeremy Clarkson is facing calls to be sacked from his role as host of ITV's Who Wants To Be A Millionaire?

Jeremy Clarkson is facing calls to be sacked from his role as host of ITV’s Who Wants To Be A Millionaire?

The Grand Tour presenter, 62, said he despises the Duchess of Sussex 'on a cellular level' and felt 'sorry' for Prince Harry who is being 'controlled' by his wife

The Grand Tour presenter, 62, said he despises the Duchess of Sussex ‘on a cellular level’ and felt ‘sorry’ for Prince Harry who is being ‘controlled’ by his wife

Clarkson also presents Amazon Prime's Grand Tour and has his own shown Clarkson's Farm on the streaming service

Clarkson also presents Amazon Prime’s Grand Tour and has his own shown Clarkson’s Farm on the streaming service

The column has also become the Independent Press Standards Organisation’s most complained about article, with more than 17,500 complaints. 

Clarkson later said he is ‘horrified to have caused so much hurt’ and ‘shall be more careful in future’.

But he is now facing calls to be let go from his role as host of Who Wants To Be A Millionaire? on ITV.

Clarkson also presents Amazon’s The Grand Tour, alongside Richard Hammond and James May, and has his own show Clarkson’s Farm on the streaming service.

SNP MP John Nicolson has written to the ITV chief executives following the ‘grotesque comments’.

In the letter, shared on Twitter, Mr Nicolson said Clarkson’s article had ‘crossed the line’ and demanded he be dropped by the broadcaster. 

He wrote: ‘Following grotesque comments made about the First Minister and the Duchess of Sussex, I do not believe Jeremy Clarkson should be allowed back on our screens. I’ve written to the chief executive of ITV.’

Taking to Twitter amid the backlash, Clarkson said: ‘Oh dear. I’ve rather put my foot in it. 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.’

Meanwhile, Ipso said the piece, which was removed from The Sun’s website on Monday at Clarkson’s request, had received more than 17,500 complaints as of 9am on Tuesday. 

A statement read: ‘We will follow our usual processes to examine the complaints we have received. This will take longer than usual because of the volume of complaints.’

Clarkson has been blasted for saying he dreams of Meghan Markle being 'paraded naked through the streets'

Clarkson has been blasted for saying he dreams of Meghan Markle being ‘paraded naked through the streets’

In an apparent reference to the iconic Walk of Shame scene in Game of Thrones, the ex-Top Gear host added that he wants to see 'people throwing lumps of excrement at her

In an apparent reference to the iconic Walk of Shame scene in Game of Thrones, the ex-Top Gear host added that he wants to see ‘people throwing lumps of excrement at her

Clarkson said: 'I hate her. Not like I hate Nicola Sturgeon or Rose West. I hate her on a cellular level'. Pictured is serial killer, Rose West

Clarkson said: ‘I hate her. Not like I hate Nicola Sturgeon or Rose West. I hate her on a cellular level’. Pictured is serial killer, Rose West

It added that the number of complaints would be subject to change. The total also surpassed the total number of complaints the media regulator received in 2021, which was 14,355.

Carol Vorderman also said that Clarkson’s column ‘didn’t just cross the line, it obliterated it’.

The former Countdown host, who was one of the first high-profile figures to openly criticise Clarkson online, said his remarks ‘normalised hatred’.

In her own newspaper column, written in The Daily Express on Tuesday, Vorderman said Clarkson’s comments were not acceptable ‘on any level’.

‘After the Harry and Meghan Netflix series, I’d heard more than enough discussion about every tiny nuance.

‘But Jeremy Clarkson’s take – that the duchess ought to be paraded naked and have excrement thrown at her – didn’t just cross the line, it obliterated it.

‘Not on any level, in any circumstance, is it OK to write this stuff about any woman. It’s time we all called out violent hatred of any woman.

‘Whatever our thoughts about the couple, and I’m not particularly interested, Clarkson’s words normalise hatred.’

The column came a day after Harry and Meghan released the final part of their Netflix docu-series, Harry & Meghan.

The show focused on their experiences leading to their decision to step away from royal duties and make a new start in the US in the six-part series on the streaming giant. 

The first three episodes saw Meghan accuse the British media of wanting to “destroy” her and claim “salacious” stories were “planted” in the press.  

Rishi Sunak was questioned about Mr Clarkson's comments and was forced to defend Britain, insisting it was 'not a racist country'. The Prime Minister is pictured in Riga, Latvia on Monday

Rishi Sunak was questioned about Mr Clarkson’s comments and was forced to defend Britain, insisting it was ‘not a racist country’. The Prime Minister is pictured in Riga, Latvia on Monday

Clarkson subsequently wrote: ‘I hate her. Not like I hate Nicola Sturgeon or Rose West. I hate her on a cellular level.

‘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 throw lumps of excrement at her.

‘Everyone who’s my age thinks the same way.’

The fallout to Clarkson’s incendiary remarks has today prompted a response from Prime Minister Rishi Sunak.

When asked about the article, Prime Minister Rishi Sunak said that ‘language matters’.

Speaking during an event in Riga, Latvia, Mr Sunak said: ‘I mean, what is it that makes somebody so distorted by hate that they end up writing these things?

‘I think that possibly gives an insight into Jeremy Clarkson and the kind of person he is.

‘So maybe he just needs to take a step back from things and just think about life a bit more.’

On Sunday, Clarkson’s own daughter, Emily, joined those condemning the former journalist for his column.

Posting on her Instagram page on Sunday, she said she supports those ‘targeted with online hatred’.

‘My views are and have always been clear when it comes to misogyny, bullying and the treatment of women by the media,’ she wrote.

‘I want to make it very clear that I stand against everything my dad wrote about Meghan Markle.’

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