Amazon Customers Are Cancelling Their Prime Accounts After Jeremy Clarkson's Shows 'Axed'
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Amazon customers are apparently cancelling their Prime subscriptions following reports that Jeremy Clarkson's shows on the streamer are set to be axed.
The shows look set not to be renewed in the wake of the former Top Gear presenter's comments about Meghan Markle in December.
Clarkson received significant backlash for a column he penned in which he described how he hated Markle on a 'cellular level', writing:
"I actually feel rather sorry for [Prince Harry] because today he’s just a glove puppet with no more control over what he says or does than Basil Brush.
“Meghan, though, is a different story. I hate her. Not like I hate Nicola Sturgeon or Rose West. I hate her on a cellular level.”
Clarkson went on: "At night, I’m unable to sleep as I lie there, grinding my teeth and dreaming 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 column was quickly removed but Clarkson's comments had already circulated online, with thousands criticising his violent misogyny.
As a result, it has been reported that Amazon Prime will no longer be working with Clarkson beyond seasons of The Grand Tour and Clarkson's Farm that have already been commissioned.
Amazon has confirmed that the second season of Clarkson's Farm will air as planned on the 10 February and that a commissioned third season will go ahead as planned, too - meaning that anyone who has already cancelled their subscription won’t be able to watch them…
According to a report by Variety, Amazon are not expected to be working with Clarkson beyond the season two and three of Clarkson's Farm and any remaining The Grand Tour specials, saying that he will likely be off the platform by the end of 2024.
The news has apparently led to some fans cancelling their Prime subscription and taking to social media in support of the TV host.
One person said: "So Amazon has dropped Jeremy Clarkson. Well, I've just cancelled my Amazon Prime account.” A second added: "That's my Amazon Prime cancelled #IStandWithJeremyClarkson.”
Meanwhile, a third wrote: “I see Amazon have suspended Jeremy Clarkson over his comments on Meghan Markle. I actually don't have a strong opinion on that, nor am I a huge fan of Jeremy Clarkson. I do however, care about free speech. I have cancelled my Prime membership after 3 years.”
The news came after Clarkson posted a lengthy statement to Instagram in which he spoke of being 'profoundly sorry' for the comments.
“One of the strange things I’ve noticed in recent times is that whenever an MP or a well-known person is asked to apologise for something, no matter how heartfelt or profound that apology may be, it’s never enough for the people who called for it in the first place," he begins.
“So I’m going to try and buck the trend this morning with an apology for the things I said in a Sun column recently about Meghan Markle. I really am sorry.
“All the way from the balls of my feet to the follicles on my head. This is me putting my hands up. It's a mea culpa with bells on.”
He goes on to say that he usually reads what he's written prior to sending it, but had been 'in a hurry' that day so filed it without reading.
“I picked up a copy of The Sun to see what all the fuss was about. We've all been there, I guess. In that precise moment when we suddenly realise we've completely messed up. You are sweaty and cold at the same time. And your head pounds. And you feel sick.
“I couldn't believe what I was reading. Had I really said that? It was horrible.
“I knew what had happened straight away. I'd been thinking of a scene in Games Of Thrones, but I'd forgotten to mention this. So it looked like I was actually calling for revolting violence to rain down on Meghan's head.
“I was very angry with myself because in all those controversial days on Top Gear, when I was accused of all sorts of things, it was very rarely sexism.
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“We never did 'women can't park' gags for instance. Or suggested that powerful cars were only for men. And I was thrilled when Jodie Kidd and Ellen MacArthur set fastest-ever laps in our reasonably-priced car.
“I'm just not sexist and I abhor violence against women. And yet I seemed to be advocating just that.
“I was mortified and so was everyone else. My phone went mad. Very close friends were furious. Even my own daughter took to Instagram to denounce me.”
He then goes on to describe the backlash he has since faced, noting that more than 60 MPs called for action to be taken.
“I therefore wrote to everyone who works with me saying how sorry I was and then on Christmas morning, I e-mailed Harry and Meghan in California to apologise to them too," he continued.
“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.
“Over the last thirty years, I have written very nearly five thousand newspaper and magazine columns, so it was inevitable that one day, I'd do a Harry Kane and sky one of the damn things. Which is what happened with the piece about Meghan.”
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