Clarkson’s Farm host Jeremy Clarkson, 61, has detailed his fears that his outspoken nature could cost him his job as a columnist. The former Top Gear presenter spoke out on cancel culture, which is a modern form of ostracism, prompting people to be thrust out of social or professional circles because of their socially, or morally, unacceptable views or actions.
Jeremy penned in his latest column entitled “I eat meat, use petrol and say the wrong thing. My days in gainful employment must be numbered,” that he worries he’ll say something deemed to be “unacceptable” and will lose his role as a journalist as a result.
The Grand Tour star wrote: “For some time now I’ve harboured a worrying sense that soon everyone will be sacked, because all of us are in a minefield and eventually we are bound to tread on something that goes bang.
“Or we will be hit by shrapnel from something we trod on back when we were teenagers.”
The controversial television personality added to the Sunday Times: “I know that the Sunday Times sub-editors do their very best every week to delete views that they fear will cast me into a vat of scalding-hot public opinion, but the fact is that sooner or later I’ll come here and say something that is deemed by the hysterical court of public opinion to be unacceptable, and that’ll be that.
Detailing his conversations with pals on the subject, Jeremy added: “I speak often to my friends about this, and all of them are frightened to death.
“They know that if they continue to eat and do and say whatever they’ve eaten and done and said for the past 40 years, they’re going to be out of a job.
“And even if they don’t, they’ll still be out on their ear for having eaten and said and done it back in 1974.”
It comes after Jeremy’s former Top Gear colleague and pal Phillipa Sage claimed the presenter was “always accompanied and watched over by a BBC official” while he fronted the programme to ensure he didn’t say or do anything “controversial”.
Sage, who worked alongside Jeremy, James May, 58, and Richard Hammond, 51, on Top Gear for over 12 years, explained the BBC’s concerns initially stemmed from the host’s comments about former Prime Minister Gordon Brown.
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Jeremy branded the politician a “one-eyed Scottish idiot” at a press conference in Sydney, Australia, in 2009.
The star then apologised after facing backlash from politicians and disability groups.
Reflecting on the criticism surrounding Jeremy at the time, Sage said: “He did eventually apologise for referring to Mr Brown’s one eye, but refused to apologise for calling him an idiot. Our tours would never be the same again.
“We would always be accompanied and watched over by a BBC official to make sure we never allowed Jeremy to say or do anything controversial.”
She argued in extracts obtained by The Sun from her forthcoming book, Off-Road with Clarkson, Hammond and May: Behind The Scenes of Their “Rock and Roll” World Tour: “This was very annoying and also pretty pointless.
“Was anyone ever going to stop Jeremy doing or saying what he liked?”
Jeremy, James, and Richard were no longer a part of Top Gear after Jeremy assaulted one of the producers back in 2015.
The car enthusiast punched producer Oisin Tymon and later apologised for his “regretful” actions.