Amazon Prime Video is likely to part ways with Jeremy Clarkson just weeks after his comments about Meghan Markle were published in British tabloid The Sun.
The sources inform Variety that the streaming service will not work with Clarkson outside of seasons of “The Grand Tour” and “Clarkson’s Farm,” which have already aired. This means the infamous Top Gear host is unlikely to appear in any new Prime Video shows after 2024 (although there’s every chance the final Grand Tour episode could be pushed to 2025).
Prime Video already has a number of shows with Clarkson slated to continue, but the decision effectively means Clarkson’s Farm will end with Season 3 (due in 2024). It also means that the motoring format The Grand Tour, one of Prime Video’s biggest shows, will also end. Variety It is understood that the series will end after four more special episodes, the last of which is likely to air in late 2024.
Prime Video declined to comment for this story.
While the broadcaster made no public comment when Clarkson’s column made international headlines in December, it’s clear the company was deeply unhappy behind the scenes.
In a new apology issued by Clarkson on Monday, she says the broadcaster was “incendiary” about her tirade against Markle and Prince Harry.
In a lengthy statement posted on her official Instagram account Monday afternoon, Clarkson said: “I’m really sorry. From the balls of my feet to the follicles on my head. This is me raising my hands. It’s a mea culpa with bells.”
The sweeping apology for his December comments, in which Clarkson suggested Markle should “parade naked” across Britain while people “throw bits of excrement at him”, comes a day before a press conference for Clarkson’s Farm. (A press conference for Season 2 of the show, which premiered on February 10, was scheduled a few days before Clarkson’s comments.)
“Normally, I read what I wrote to someone else before filing, but I was home alone on that fateful day and in a hurry,” Clarkson wrote. “So when I was done, I just hit send. And then, when the convoy appeared the next day, the mine exploded.
“It was a slow rumble to begin with and I ignored it. But then the rumbling got louder. So I picked up a copy of The Sun to see what all the fuss was about. We’ve all been there, I guess. That exact moment when we suddenly realize we’ve completely messed up. You are sweaty and cold at the same time. And your head weighs pounds. And you feel sick. I couldn’t believe what I was reading. Did I really say that? It was terrible.”
Clarkson also revealed in the statement that she emailed Markle and Prince Harry on Christmas morning to apologize. “I said I was confused by what they were saying on TV, but the language I used in my column was disgraceful and that I deeply regret.”
In Clarkson’s Dec. 16 column, titled “One Day, Harold the Glove Puppet Will Tell the Truth About A Woman Talking B*ks,” the former Top Gear host wrote of Markle: “I hate him. Not like I hate it [Scottish National Party leader] Nicola Sturgeon or [British serial killer] Rose West. I hate him on a cellular level.”
He continued by referencing the infamous Game of Thrones scene featuring Lena Headey’s Cersei; “At night I can’t sleep because I’m lying there gritting my teeth and dreaming of the day he’s forced to parade naked through the streets. From every city in Britain, while the crowd chants “Shame!” and throw pieces of excrement at him.’
In her weekly column for The Sun, Clarkson also suggested that Prince Harry is no longer “in control” of his actions, largely thanks to Markle.
Speaking to ITV in an interview to promote his best-selling memoir Spare, Harry said the column was “appalling, abusive and cruel to my wife. It also encourages other people across the UK and the world, especially men, to go and think it’s acceptable to treat women like that.”
Clarkson issued a brief apology for her remarks on December 19, saying she “put my foot in it sooner”.
“In a column I wrote about Meghan, I made a clumsy reference to a scene from Game of Thrones, and it took a toll on a lot of people,” Clarkson continued in a statement on Twitter. “I am horrified to have caused so much pain and will be more careful in the future.”
The Sun column has become the Independent Press Standards Organisation’s most complained about article since its inception in 2014. It received almost 21,000 complaints. The Sun also issued a rare apology a full week after the article was published.
While Clarkson will remain on Prime Video for two more years, the move to not renew any of the host’s shows for the service would be a bold statement from the broadcaster.
Prime Video landed Top Gear in 2015 after the BBC cut ties with Clarkson after the presenter punched one of the show’s producers. The parting of ways came at a heavy price for the BBC, for which Top Gear was worth more than £50m a year and brought in a huge global audience.
Prime Video spun off “Top Gear” as “The Grand Tour,” now in its fifth and final season.