James May has opened up about Jeremy Clarkson’s article in The Sun, which took aim at Meghan Markel and The Grand Tour presenter called Clarkson’s comments in the article “creepy”. May doesn’t usually hold back when criticising his colleague, and he certainly didn’t hold back here.
We were all wondering what May and fellow Grand Tour presenter, Richard Hammond, would have thought about Clarkson’s article. I mean, if I were in their position, I would have been livid with Clarkson.
He’s literally caused them to lose the best job in the world, twice! I say twice because Clarkson was the reason that the trio ended up leaving BBC’s Top Gear after he punched one of the show’s producers in the face.
And now, he’s at it again. This time around, he wrote a pretty awful article in The Sun in which he claimed that he wanted to see Meghan Markle be paraded through the streets of the United Kingdom naked whilst having onlookers yell “shame” and throw faeces at her.
Yes, this was a reference to the scene in Game Of Thrones, and the comment wasn’t clever, nor was it funny. It ended up costing him his job as the presenter of Prime Video’s The Grand Tour. It was also revealed that Amazon was not going to be renewing Jeremy’s contract.
Is James May angry with Jeremy Clarkson after his Meghan Markle comments?
This means that Clarkson’s Farm, his other Prime Video show, would also be coming to an end after Season 3. So, we’ve now only got four more specials of The Grand Tour and two more seasons of Clarkson’s Farm left to enjoy, and it’s all because Clarkson just couldn’t keep his mouth shut.
I know that many people will be claiming that Clarkson has “freedom of speech”, but I think we all have to remember that your freedom starts where someone else’s begins. Where’s Meghan’s freedom in all of this? She has the freedom not to be constantly berated and bullied by the British media.
I think Clarkson just went too far this time, and it’s cost him, James and Richard their jobs – as well as everyone involved in making The Grand Tour and Clarkson’s Farm. I think it’s Clarkson the one who should be feeling quite a bit of “shame” right now.
Anyway, back to James May. What did he have to say on the whole matter? May appeared on the BBC Radio 4 “Today” program (via Variety). Host Martha Kearney asked May what he thought about Clarkson’s article in The Sun and if The Grand Tour was under threat.
May replied: “I don’t think ‘The Grand Tour’ is under [threat].” May then added:
To be brutally honest, I didn’t read the thing [Clarkson’s column] because I was away – is that a terrible thing to say?
His comments were “creepy”
Kearney then proceeded to read excerpts from Clarkson’s column to May, who then said: “He said something like all people my age think the same way. I’d like to go on the record and say I don’t – I’m only a couple of years younger than him.”
When Kearney asked if he condemned the article, May said: “I think it sounds a little bit too creepy, but I’m also very much in favour of free speech and allowing the haters to hate so we can see what they have to say.”
It does seem as though James May is keeping himself very much on the fence on this issue. However, I am sure that behind-the-scenes words have been said between May and Clarkson, and I don’t think James would be all too happy with his Grand Tour colleague.
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