Bad news for fans of the adventures starring Jeremy Clarkson, Richard Hammond and James May. After the unfortunate comments of the first about Meghan Markle as a result of the documentary starring the actress and her husband, Prince Harry, Amazon Prime Video would have decided to end its relationship with the presenter by canceling all the programs in which he participates: Clarkson’s Farm and The Grand Tour.
It all started on December 16 when, in the regular column he writes for the British tabloid the sun, Jeremy Clarkson gave his opinion on Megan Markle pushing the envelope to turn her words into offense. So much so that, with 21,000 complaints, it has become the most denounced article in the Independent Press Standards Organization (IPSO) since its formation in 2014.
reactions and apologies
The column did not take long to go viral, causing reactions around the world: from Harry himself, who described it as “horrible, hurtful and cruel”, even Jeremy Clarkson’s daughter who, according to the presenter, denounced his father’s words on social networks. the sun he also apologized a week after the article was published.
jeremy clarkson too He turned to social networks to apologize for his words: He did it first on Twitter, briefly, and then on Instagram, where, a few days ago, he posted a longer apology. He also revealed that, on December 25, he emailed Prince Harry and Megan Markle to personally apologize for the comments he made in the controversial column.
The consequences of the publication have taken a month to arrive. The alarms began to sound when Amazon canceled a virtual press conference scheduled for January 16 on the occasion of the second season of Clarkson’s Farm. The appointment was scheduled before the column was published, and Amazon declined to comment. Who has done it has been Jeremy Clarkson himself, ensuring that those responsible for the streaming service are ‘incandescent’ (incandescent, lit in Spanish).
has been the publication Variety the one in charge of citing the sources that assure that the relationship between Amazon Prime Video and Jeremy Clarkson would end after the broadcast of the programs that are pending. This not only includes Clarkson’s Farm, it affects The Grand Tour as well: the motor show could end when they air the four special episodes that have already been signed. If confirmed, we would say goodbye to Jeremy Clarkson, Richard Hammond and James May in late 2024 or early 2025.
The BBC exit
Amazon has not ruled on these hypotheses, but discontent with everything generated around the column signed by one of its presenters is taken for granted. It should be remembered that The Gran Tour reached the aforementioned platform in 2015 after the problems that Jeremy Clarkson had with one of the producers of the BBC… who hit.
The original format, Top Gear, was broadcast (and continues to be broadcast) on the British channel, and after the departure of Clarkson, Hammond and May, it is estimated that they lost more than fifty million pounds per year (56.3 million euros). Amazon signed them and created The Grand Tour, which is now could be living its fifth and final season.