Boff Whalley, lead guitarist from Chumbawamba, has revealed on Twitter that they turned down £30,000 for the use of their song to feature on Clarkson’s next TV show. Although Whalley did not clarify which TV series it was for, it could either be Clarkson’s Farm which is due to be released on Prime Video on 10th February, or there is the European Special of The Grand Tour which is also in edit at the moment.
Whalley posted to Twitter:
“So anyway today we turned down £30,000 for our song to be used for a trailer for Jeremy Clarkson’s new TV series. I can’t tell you how much satisfaction that gave us.”
The lead guitarist also didn’t specify which song they wanted to use, however, many people in the comments assume it was the bands most popular song, Tubthumping, which says: “I get knocked down, but I get up again. You are never gonna keep me down.”
This comes after Clarkson received a huge amount of backlash for his column on Meghan Markle where he wrote that he “hated her on a cellular level” and that he “dreams of the day when she is made to parade naked through the streets of every town in Britain while the crowds chant, ‘Shame!’ and throw lumps of excrement at her.”
The former Top Gear host posted to Twitter afterwards saying that he “rather put his foot in it” and requested for The Sun to remove the column. He posted:
“Oh dear. I’ve rather put my foot in it. In a column I wrote about Meghan, I made a clumsy reference to a scene in Game of Thrones and this has gone down badly with a great many people.
“I’m horrified to have caused so much hurt and I shall be more careful in future.”