The Sun has pulled a column by Jeremy Clarkson about the Duchess of Sussex from its website following a spate of complaints.
He, the former Top Gear host, has issued an apology after facing backlash over comments he made about Meghan Markle in his press column.
He wrote on Twitter: “Oh my. I’d rather put my foot in there. In a column about Meghan, I clumsy about a Game Of Thrones scene and this made a lot of people feel. bad. .I’m appalled that I’ve caused so much damage and I’ll be more careful in the future.”
The article, which has drawn criticism from celebrities and his stepdaughter, was removed from The Sun’s website Monday afternoon at Clarkson’s request.
A statement on The Sun’s website said: “Due to Jeremy Clarkson’s tweet, he asked us to take down last week’s article.”
The Independent Press Standards Organization (Ipso) has received more than 12,000 complaints about Clarkson’s article about the Duchess of Sussex.
A spokesman confirmed the number is roughly equal to the number of complaints the media regulator received in all of 2021.
It comes as Clarkson faces backlash over the article, written in The Sun, from celebrities including Nicola Sturgeon, Carol Vorderman, Philip Pullman and Mayor of London Sadiq Khan, as well as from himself his daughter.
In the piece, Clarkson writes that he “hates” Meghan and dreams of her being paraded through British towns and humiliated in public, adding that “everyone my age is think so”.
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It follows the recent broadcast of the six-part Netflix documentary about Harry and Meghan, in which the couple made allegations of royal abuse.
A spokesperson for Ipso said the regulator had received more than 6,000 complaints about Clarkson’s article as of Monday noon and that number is subject to change.
He added that complaints are being evaluated according to its standard process.
The spokesperson added that Ipso received a total of 14,355 complaints in 2021.
Speaking to broadcasters on Monday, Ms Sturgeon said Clarkson’s comments about the duchess were “too pale”.
“I think what he’s saying about Meghan Markle is utterly disdainful of women and downright awful and appalling,” she said.
“I have to say, taking a step back, my overwhelming feeling about people like Jeremy Clarkson is pity.
“I mean, what caused someone to be so distorted by hate that they ended up writing these things down?
“I think that might give some insight into Jeremy Clarkson and what kind of person he is.
“So maybe he just needs to take a step back from everything and just think about life a little more.”
Clarkson’s daughter, Emily Clarkson, said in an online post that she was “against everything my dad wrote”.
“My position has been and always has been clear when it comes to the media’s mistreatment of women, bullying and treatment of women,” she said in a statement shared on her Instagram story. .
“I want to make it clear that I oppose everything my father wrote about Meghan Markle and I still support those targeted by online hatred.”
Former Countdown host Vorderman said Clarkson’s comments were unacceptable “under any circumstances”.
“NO Jeremy Clarkson. Not on any level, under any circumstances, you can write these things about any woman and absolutely NO to ‘everyone my age thinks like so’.
“No no no. We don’t think alike at all. Listen to the noise Jeremy. The crowd is chanting ‘Shame on YOU’.”
Mr Khan said Clarkson’s remarks were “dangerous and unforgivable”, writing: “As Jeremy Clarkson should know well – words have consequences.
“The words in his work are no joke – they are dangerous and unforgivable.
“We are in the midst of an epidemic of violence against women and girls and men with strong voices must do better than this.”
Sir Philip, author of His Dark Materials, describes Clarkson as “a brief loud noise and a brief stench”, but criticized Rupert Murdoch, owner of News UK, which publishes The Sun.
As well as Top Gear, Clarkson, 62, is known for his Amazon driving show, The Grand Tour, which he shows alongside Richard Hammond and James May, as well as the ITV show Who Wants to Be a Millionaire?
Amazon, ITV and The Sun have all been approached for comment.
Harry and Meghan’s Archewell Foundation has also been approached for comment on the remarks.
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