Jeremy Clarkson has denied being “sacked” by ITV because the presenter of its flagship quiz present, Who Needs To Be a Millionaire?.
On Wednesday (1 March), ITV boss Carolyn McCall confirmed that the present’s forthcoming season, which is at present in manufacturing, shall be Clarkson’s final.
The information got here after Clarkson’s current controversy surrounding a column he wrote about Meghan Markle. The previous Prime Gear host wrote that he hated the Duchess of Sussex on a “mobile degree” in his piece for The Solar.
Nevertheless, on Wednesday night, Clarkson denied that he had been “sacked” from the present.
“So many form messages about at present’s stories,” he tweeted. “However loosen up. [Partner] Lisa and I’ve not break up up and I’ve not been sacked as host of Who Needs To Be A Millionaire.”
In her interview with Variety, McCall didn’t say that Clarkson had been sacked, however that the present’s contract was coming to an finish.
“We’re contracted to this [season], so we’ll do this,” McCall stated. “After which we’ve no future commitments. And we haven’t made any statements about that.”
An ITV spokesperson additional clarified: “There are not any additional commissioning commitments past that at present, as is typical with such exhibits the place we make commissioning selections on a series-by-series foundation.
“Subsequently for the avoidance of doubt, neither Who Needs to Be a Millionaire? nor Jeremy Clarkson have been cancelled.”
On Clarkson’s controversial column about Markle, McCall added: “We do not endorse that in any method… there isn’t any place for that on ITV.”
Within the article, printed on 16 December, Clarkson wrote that he awaited the day Markle could be made to parade bare by means of the streets of Britain whereas crowds chanted “disgrace” and threw “excrement” at her.
Clarkson later apologised for the column, describing his language as “disgraceful” and saying he was “profoundly sorry”. The Solar additionally apologised and stated it regretted the publication of the column, which was eliminated on-line.
The presenter later stated that he had reached out to the Duke and Duchess of Sussex over the article. Nevertheless, Harry and Meghan issued their very own assertion claiming that Clarkson had solely apologised to Harry.