The Metropolitan Police have ruled out a hate crime investigation into Jeremy Clarkson’s comments about Meghan Markle.
In a newspaper column, Mr Clarkson said he hated Ms Markle and wanted to see her poop thrown in the street, prompting a backlash from members of the public and campaigners.
Mark Rowley, the Met commissioner and the UK’s highest ranking police officer, said officers’ duties were not “ethical of the people’s police”.
He told LBC: “Police should only get involved when words become threatening or inciting violence.
Asked if Mr Clarkson had committed a hate crime, the sheriff added: “There’s a line that needs to be drawn.
“The police must not get involved in anything that involves ‘something ethical, moral or not. Is it true, is it objectionable’.
In a column for eventsn, The Who Wants To Be A Millionaire host wrote that he was “dreaming of a day” when the royal family was “forced to march naked through the streets of every town in England while crowds chanted echoes, “What a shame!” and threw faeces at her.”
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“In general, legal boundaries are crossed only when things are thought to be intended or likely to incite or incite violence.
“I don’t think this is one of those cases but of course we’ll be watching closely.”
It comes as ITV boss Kevin Lygo said Jeremy Clarkson’s comments about the Duchess of Sussex were “bad” but “at this point” the broadcaster plans to keep him as host. Who wants to be a millionaire?
Speaking at a Broadcasting Press Guild event in London on Tuesday, ITV Studios chief executive Lygo said: “I would say what he writes in a newspaper… We have no control. what he said.
“We hired him as the brilliant announcer of the most popular quiz on television, Who Wants to Be a Millionaire?
“So it’s not quite in our garage but I don’t know what he was thinking when he wrote that. It’s too bad.”
When asked if ITV would keep Clarkson as host of the quiz show, a position he inherited from Chris Tarrant in 2018, Mr. Lygo said: “Yes, we are now.”
Asked if Clarkson represented ITV’s values, Mr. Lygo replied: “No, of course not in that case.”
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