Jeremy Clarkson has said he’s “appalled for causing so much hurt” following backlash over comments he made in a newspaper about how he “hated” the Duchess of Sussex like how.
He, 62-year-old former Top Gear host, said he would be “more careful in the future” after The Sun article was criticized by celebrities and his stepdaughter.
In it, Clarkson wrote that he had dreamed of Meghan being paraded through British towns and embarrassed in public, adding that “everyone my age thinks the same way”.
The Independent Press Standards Organization (Ipso) said it received more than 6,000 complaints about the article – nearly half of the total number of complaints received by the media regulator in 2021.
Writing on Twitter on Monday, Clarkson wrote: “Oh my gosh. I’d rather set foot in it.
“In a column I wrote about Meghan, I clumsy about a Game of Thrones scene that 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.”
Clarkson’s article follows the recent broadcast of a six-part Netflix documentary about Harry and Meghan, in which the couple made allegations of royal abuse.
Critics of the work include Nicola Sturgeon, Carol Vorderman, Sir Philip Pullman and Mayor of London Sadiq Khan.
A spokesperson for Ipso told the PA news agency that the regulator received more than 6,000 complaints about Clarkson’s article by midday on Monday 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.
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When asked about the article, Prime Minister Rishi Sunak said that “language is the problem”.
Speaking to reporters in Riga, Mr. Sunak said: “I think for everyone in public life, it’s a matter of language.
“You asked about racism. Now, I have seen some of the things that have been said.
“I absolutely do not believe that Britain is a racist country. And I hope that as our nation’s first Asian-British Prime Minister when I say that carries weight.
“You know, I’m really proud of our country, its culture, its resilience and its beauty. And in fact, it’s been a tremendous privilege to fight for Britain and indeed, its institutions are like monarchy when I’m on the world stage like I’m here. today.”
Speaking to broadcasters on Monday, Ms Sturgeon said Clarkson’s comments about the duchess were “too pale”.
She said: “I think what he said about Meghan Markle was a profound misogynist and downright bad and appalling.
“I have to say, taking a step back, my overwhelming feeling about people like Jeremy Clarkson is pity.
“I mean, what made someone so hated to end up writing this?
“I think that can 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”.
“There is NO Jeremy Clarkson. You can’t on any level, under any circumstances, write these things about any woman and absolutely NO to ‘everyone my age thinks 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 indefensible”, 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 a pandemic of violence against women and girls and men with strong voices must do better than this.”
Sir Philip, author of His Dark Materials, described 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 is known for his Amazon motor show, The Grand Tour, which he presents with Richard Hammond and James May, as well as ITV’s 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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