Jeremy Clarkson isn’t likely to make any more shows for Prime Video when his current commissioned seasons end.
Deadline understands Clarkson, who makes The Grand Tour and Clarkson’s Farm for the streamer, will not sign another deal with Amazon Studios. New seasons that have already been commissioned will go ahead but he won’t likely be on Prime Video shows after 2024.
The presenter has recently been under fire for a column he wrote in the The Sun newspaper in which he wrote he “hates” Meghan Markle, the Duchess of Sussex. He also referred to a scene from Game of Thrones, in which Cersei Lannister is forced to strip naked and go on a ‘walk of shame,’ suggesting Markle should experience the same humiliation.
Today, he wrote a “mea culpa” apology on Instagram, in which he revealed he emailed Markle and Prince Harry after the column to apologize at length.
“The Sun quickly apologized, and I tried to explain myself,” he wrote. “But still, there were calls for me to be sacked and charged with a hate crime. More than 60 MPs demanded action to be taken. ITV, who make Who Wants to Be a Millionaire and Amazon, who make the farm show and The Grand Tour, were incandescent.
“I therefore wrote to everyone who works with me saying how sorry I was, and then on Chroistmas morning, I emailed Harry and Meghan in California to apologize too. I was baffled by what they had been saying on TV but the language I’s used in my column was disgraceful and I was profoundly sorry.”
Amazon had not responded to requests for comment at press time. When the streamer was asked if it could continue to work with Clarkson following the column back in December, there was no official response but sources said key Amazon staff were unhappy.
Sources close to the streamer told Deadline the plan to end the partnership with Clarkson had been in the works for some time.
Variety was first with the story.
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