James May has finally broken silence on Jeremy Clarkson’s controversial column on Meghan Markle. In an interview with BBC Radio 4, interviewer Martha Kearney asks him his thoughts on what Jeremy wrote, as well as what the future of The Grand Tour looks like.
It’s currently rumoured that Jeremy’s involvement with Amazon could come to an end after his current contracts run out after the streaming giant was “incandescent” with the presenter. This came after the Clarkson’s Farm front man wrote a column about Meghan Markle, leading to public outcry.
He later issued an apology via his Instagram where he ended it adding that he’d written to Markle and her husband Prince Harry to apologise to them too:
“On Christmas morning, I emailed Harry and Meghan in California to apologise to them too. I said I was baffled by what they had been saying on TV but that the language I’d used in my column was disgraceful and that I was profoundly sorry.”
Now, on being asked about the controversy, James May admits that he hadn’t read the story.
“I don’t think Grand Tour is under threat.
“To be brutally honest, I didn’t read the thing. Is that a terrible thing to say?”
Kearny goes on to read the specific part of the column that riled people up to James.
“Yes, well somebody pointed out to me… he said something like ‘all people my age think the same way’, but I’d like to go on the record and say ‘I don’t’.
“I’m only a couple of years younger than him.”
He goes on to condemn the article:
“Yes, I wouldn’t have written that. I think it sounds a little bit too creepy, but I’m also very much in favour of free speech and allowing the haters to hate so we can see what they have to say.”
Of course, James wouldn’t be able to comment on the future of The Grand Tour as even Amazon hasn’t yet confirmed or denied the rumour that it will be coming to an end. It’s also interesting to see that James doesn’t necessarily say that Jeremy shouldn’t have published that. He believes instead that he has the right to publish his own opinion.
This hopefully gives fans a bit of hope, but we’ll wait until Amazon releases their own statement.