All Of Jeremy Clarkson’s Shows Being Canceled After Controversy?
Jeremy Clarkson's shows The Grand Tour and Clarkson's Farm are in danger of cancelation in the wake of his controversial statements about Meghan Markle.
Jeremy Clarkson, star of the documentary series Clarkson’s Farm and host of the British motoring series The Grand Tour, may have accidentally canceled his own shows, which stream on Amazon Prime. After publishing an article that negatively targeted the Duchess of Sussex, Meghan Markle, in the British tabloid, The Sun, Clarkson is in danger of having his shows pulled from Amazon after fans lashed out, according to SmallScreen.
In the opinion piece, Jeremy Clarkson described how his hate for Markle kept him lying awake in anger every night as he fantasized about her being “made to parade naked” across the United Kingdom while citizens of the country shamed her and threw dung at her nude body. He also explained how his sentiments were reflected by all other English people his age, and he found it heartbreaking that younger people, especially young women, disagreed with him.
How Jeremy Clarkson thought this article wouldn’t cause backlash to either himself or his career is astonishing. It somehow made it past his PR team and was published in The Sun following the release of the final episodes of Netflix’s docuseries Harry & Meghan. The article immediately went viral and spurred the outrage of Harry and Meghan fans across the globe, causing Clarkson to request The Sun to take down his column.
In response to his critics, Jeremy Clarkson released a tweet apologizing for the off-color Game of Thrones reference he made at Meghan’s expense and expressed that he would be more careful how he worded his comments in the future.
In addition to the backlash Jeremy Clarkson received from fans online, the English journalist’s own daughter proved to be one of the young women who caused such despair in Clarkson for her support of the Duchess of Sussex. In an Instagram post, podcast host Emily Clarkson said she stands against everything her father wrote in his article, explaining that she has always been clear in her opinions against online bullying, misogyny, and the overall harsh treatment women receive from the media.
SmallScreen reports that the reason the article was taken down so quickly after publication and the reason for Jeremy Clarkson’s apology tweet was not because the English broadcaster felt bad about his comments but because there was talk of Amazon canceling his shows. While both The Grand Tour and Clarkson’s Farm are extremely popular and drive big numbers to Amazon Prime Video, Clarkson has proven to be a highly controversial figure, and this is not the first time he has caused an outcry for his actions. Prior to working with Amazon, Clarkson was fired from BBC and Top Gear for punching the Top Gear producer, Oisin Tymon, in the face.
Apparently, Amazon is keeping a close eye on Jeremy Clarkson as they determine if the numbers Clarkson brings to their streaming platform are high enough for them to keep their relationship with such a controversial man. While Clarkson’s Farm has already been approved for a season 2 and is expected to receive a third and fourth season, all of that could change if Amazon decides to cut ties with Clarkson and the drama he causes.