Jeremy Clarkson axed as Who Wants to Be a Millionaire? host
Jeremy Clarkson has been axed as the host of 'Who Wants to Be a Millionaire?' by ITV.
The channel's boss Dame Carolyn McCall has confirmed that the forthcoming series of the quiz show will mark the end of the 62-year-old broadcaster's five-year tenure on the programme after he sparked outrage with a newspaper column he wrote about Meghan, Duchess of Sussex.
Clarkson wrote in The Sun newspaper in December that he was "dreaming of the day" that the duchess would be forced to "parade naked through the streets" while crowds threw "excrement" at her and ITV have confirmed that they have no plans to renew his contract on the show following the backlash.
McCall told Variety: "We have a contract. We're contracted to this (season), so we will do that.
"And then we have no further commitments. And we haven't made any statements about that."
McCall pointed out that ITV had been quick to condemn Clarkson's controversial column and the response reflected her thoughts on 'The Grand Tour' host's comments – which he later contacted the Duke and Duchess of Sussex to apologise for.
She said: "There was no dissent internally. We came out much quicker than anybody else, Amazon included.
"We just came out and said, 'Yes, we do not endorse a single word that he said on that. And there's no place for that on ITV.' So we came out very quickly and just said, you know, that wasn't on ITV. But we don't endorse that in any way. And there's no place for that on ITV."
Clarkson's Amazon Prime Video shows 'The Grand Tour' and 'Clarkson's Farm' have also been at the centre of speculation and it was reported earlier this year that the streaming service had no plans to work with the presenter beyond seasons of the two programmes that had already been commissioned.