Boss of British broadcaster ITV has announced Jeremy Clarkson‘s turn as host of Who Wants to Be a Millionaire will end after his next season.
The move comes weeks after the former Top Gear host was forced to apologise for controversial comments he made regarding Meghan Markle in a column he wrote for The Sun.
The UK’s Independent Press Standards Organisation (Ipso) have launched an investigation into The Grand Tour presenter’s column, in which he said the Duchess of Sussex should be forced to “parade naked through the streets” as people “throw lumps of excrement at her” – referencing a Game of Thrones scene.
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There was outrage when he was not dropped immediately from his hosting gigs across TV and on Amazon in the aftermath.
The streaming giant even announced last month that Clarkson’s Farm had been renewed for a third series.
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But it seems his days at the network are numbered, with ITV boss Carolyn McCall clarifying how much longer he’ll be on-air.
“We have a contract,” McCall told Variety.
“We’re contracted to this [season], so we will do that. And then we have no future commitments. And we haven’t made any statements about that.”
Clarkson issued an apology after the backlash – which included his own daughter decrying his words – describing his language as “disgraceful” and saying he was “profoundly sorry”.
The Sun also apologised and removed the piece from their website three days after is was first published on December 16. Within hours of its publication, it had received over 25,000 complaints – a record number of complaints.
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The Duke and Duchess of Sussex described the article as “horrific, hurtful and cruel” and said Clarkson’s article was “not an isolated incident”.
In a statement, issued by the couple in January, they said it showed his “long standing pattern of writing articles that spread hate rhetoric, dangerous conspiracy theories, and misogyny”.
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