John Bishop and Carol Vorderman among the stars to condemn Jeremy Clarkson’s Meghan Markle rant

Several celebrities and public figures have harshly condemned Jeremy Clarkson’s “disgusting” and “hateful” tirade against Meghan Markle in a newspaper column.

In an op-ed for The sun Clarkson, published on Friday (December 16), wrote that he loathes the Duchess of Sussex “at a cellular level” and wants people to “throw clods of poo at her”.

“Everyone my age thinks the same way,” Clarkson added.

Well, several celebrities – from comedians Kathy Burke and John Bishop on countdown Star Carol Vorderman – have criticized Clarkson’s comments.

Bishop tweeted that the comments were a “blatant appeal to humiliate a woman and incite violence.”

He added: “Some have excused it as black humor. There is no joke here, Jeremy Clarkson, and no apology.”

Vorderman’s Twitter comment began, “NO Jeremy Clarkson. There is no way, under any circumstances, that it’s okay to write this stuff about any woman and absolutely NO to ‘everyone my age thinks the same thing’.”

English author Philip Pullman observed: “That Jeremy Clarkson could write such things and publish them shamelessly tells us all we need to know about how Rupert Murdoch poisoned and rotted our public lives.”

Comedian Dom Joly said he was “literally flabbergasted” by Clarkson’s “utterly vile and disgusting comments”.

He added, “What triggers these types of men?”

British social activist and executive director of The Five Foundation, Nimco Ali, wrote: “A young black woman speaks openly about her struggle with suicidal thoughts as a result of the abuse she has received from the media, and this is how some men in the media are reacting. This is absolutely appalling.”

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Burke called Clarkson a “huge c***” in response to his words about the Duchess of Sussex.

BBC Live presenter Rachel Burden tweeted: “So… there Jeremy Clarkson writes what he did. And then the editor decides to publish it.”

Radio DJ and TV presenter Edith Bowman wondered, “How can someone print such offensive comments in a real newspaper?” in a tweet.

Harry and Meghan recently opened up about life as senior royals in the UK and their decision to step down from their duties in a six-part Netflix documentary.

A picture of the Duke and Duchess of Sussex as featured in the Netflix series Harry and Meghan

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The last episode of the show was released on Thursday (December 15).

In episode five, Harry claimed he was “terrified” after the Prince of Wales shouted at him during a meeting in Sandringham with the late Queen to discuss the Megxit crisis.

He’s also been open about his reaction to Meghan’s mental health struggles, adding that he “hates” himself because he believes he’s been dealing with it “as ‘institutional Harry’ and not ‘husband Harry’.”

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JOE HERNANDEZ

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