James May admits Jeremy Clarkson's vile Meghan Markle column was 'too creepy'

Jeremy Clarkson’s The Grand Tour co-star James May has spoken for the first time following the broadcaster’s controversial column attacking Meghan Markle.

The former Top Gear host made headlines for all the wrong reasons last year after he wrote a hate-filled column for The Sun on his feelings towards the Duchess of Sussex.

Clarkson, 62, shared that he despises Meghan on a ‘cellular level’ and wishes to see people ‘throw lumps of excrement’ at her.

He also said that he hates Prince Harry’s wife more than he does Nicola Sturgeon, the First Minister of Scotland, and the serial killer Rose West.

After issuing an apology to the couple – which they have rejected, claiming Clarkson didn’t contact Meghan individually – May has hit out, branding Clarkson’s column ‘creepy.’

Speaking on BBC Radio 4’s Today programme, the 60-year-old did admit that he hadn’t read the full column because he had been ‘away.’

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However, he was soon informed by host Martha Kearney about what had been written.

He said: ‘Well I think he [Clarkson] did say something like: “All people my age think the same way”. 

‘Well I’d like to go on record and say I don’t, and I’m only a few years younger than him,’ May stated.

Asked if he would condemn the article, he replied: ‘I wouldn’t have written that.’

‘I think it sounds a little bit too creepy but I’m also very much in favour of free speech and allowing the “haters to hate” so we can see what they have to say,’ he said.

May is far from the first or only star to condemn Clarkson’s column, with the likes of Carol Vorderman and even his own daughter, Emily, standing against him.

After weeks of being the man everyone was talking about, Clarkson issued a statement, saying he was ‘horrified’ by what had happened.

Taking to Instagram, he said he had emailed Prince Harry and Meghan on Christmas Day.

In the lengthy post, he said he was in a ‘hurry’ on the day said column was filed, and he was ‘really sorry’ and wanted to put his hands up’.

‘I was mortified and so was everyone else. My phone went mad. Very close friends were furious. Even my own daughter took to Instagram to denounce me,’ he said of the reaction.

Clarkson added that ITV and Amazon, which airs Who Wants to be a Millionaire? and The Grand Tour respectively, were ‘incandescent’.

He wrote: ‘The Sun quickly apologised and I tried to explain myself. 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 Christmas morning, I e-mailed Harry and Meghan in California to apologise to them too.

‘I said I was baffled by what they had been saying on TV but that the language I’d used in my column was disgraceful and that I was profoundly sorry.’

But, his apology was not met with warmth from the Duke and Duchess, who said Clarkson has ‘a long standing pattern of writing articles that spread hate rhetoric, dangerous conspiracy theories, and misogyny.’

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