Amazon ‘cuts ties’ with Jeremy Clarkson after Meghan Markle column row

Amazon has reportedly cut ties with Jeremy Clarkson, weeks after he made controversial remarks about Meghan Markle.

Sources told Variety that Prime Video, the tech giant’s streaming service, will no longer be working with the British presenter beyond episodes of The Grand Tourand Clarkson’s Farmthat have already been commissioned.

The Independent has contacted Mr Clarkson’s representatives for comment. In response to a request for comment, Amazon said: “We won’t be commenting on this and have nothing further to add.”

In December, the former Top Gear host published a controversial column in The Sun, writing that he despised Meghan on “a cellular level” and dreamt of the duchess being paraded naked through Britain while a crowd threw “excrement” at her.

Shortly before reports of the Amazon split emerged, Mr Clarkson issued a lengthy public apology on his Instagram account saying he “felt sick” when he realised he had “completely messed up” in writing the column that had become UK press watchdog IPSO’s most-complained about article ever.

Mr Clarkson also said he sent an email to Ms Markle and Prince Harry on Christmas Day, admitting his language was “disgraceful” and that he was “profoundly sorry”. His column focused on the couple’s media profile.

After the piece was published in December, several MPs called for Mr Clarkson to be banned from TV for his “grotesque” comments.

In Monday’s statement, the presenter said Amazon and ITV, which airs Clarkson-presentedWho Wants To Be A Millionaire, were furious about the column.

He said: “The Sun quickly apologised and I tried to explain myself. But still, there were calls for me to be sacked and charged with a hate crime.

“More than 60 MPs demanded action to be taken. ITV, who make Who Wants to be a Millionaire, and Amazon, who make the Farm Show and the Grand Tour, were incandescent.”

Critics accused Mr Clarkson of sexism for his comments about Ms Markle. He was publicly reprimanded for the column by his daughter, who said she stood against “misogyny, bullying and the treatment of women by the media”.

In his apology Mr Clarkson said: “I’m just not sexist and I abhor violence against women.”

Mr Clarkson was publicly reprimanded for the column by his daughter, who said she stood against “misogyny, bullying and the treatment of women by the media”.

The presenter has deals with Amazon to make a third series of Clarkson’s Farm next year and a final series of The Grand Tour, Variety reports.

In an earlier controversy, Mr Clarkson was dropped from Top Gear in 2015 after it emerged he had physically attacked a producer on the wildly popular BBC motoring programme.

The public broadcaster parted ways with its star presenter at a time when Top Gear had recently been listed by the Guiness World Records as the most viewed factual programme worldwide.

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