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presenter and former
has become the latest TV personality to speak out in defence of
, as the ex-
star continues to face intense online and media scrutiny over an affair with a younger male colleague.
“It’s like a weird numbness. I know that’s a selfish point of view, but you come to a point where you just think, ‘how much are you supposed to take?’
“And this is how Caroline Flack felt, and it didn’t stop.”
Clarkson has come to the defence of Schofield
In a separate interview with
, in which he was asked if he “groomed” the young co-worker, Schofield said he “did not”.
Now, in a comment piece penned for
The Sunday Times
, Clarkson has intervened to argue that while he doesn’t know Schofield “at all well” and has “no skin in the game”, the ITV presenter “is only guilty of being what he said he was: gay”.
“When it emerged that he’d actually done homosexuality, everyone went berserk. He maintains that his lover was over the age of consent when their relationship became physical, but that hasn’t silenced the howls of disgust.
“And I find that weird … [We] nod appreciatively when we learn that the age gap between Al Pacino and his pregnant girlfriend is 54 years, which means that when he was starring as an old man in
Scent of a Woman
, she wasn’t even an embryo.
“But Phil and his toy boy? Noooo. That’s totally unacceptable,” he wrote sarcastically.
Further illustrating the point, Clarkson went on to add the situation is somehow so unacceptable that “all the charities he’s supported must turn their backs, his wine business must be wound up and, from now on, WeWontBeBuyingAnyCar.com” – referencing the car selling website Schofield once collaborated with on a marketing campaign.
“And that’s just the start of it. Everyone who’s ever walked past him in the street must be sacked as well.
“And those who paid his wages or sat next to him in the studio must be hauled into televised committees so that bramble bushes can be inserted into their bottoms. I’ve never seen a witch hunt like it, and what baffles me most of all is that, as things stand, no crime has been committed,” he continued.
However, Twitter users aren’t too supportive of Clarkson’s remarks about a “witch hunt”, seeing as
he received widespread condemnation in December
for a controversial piece in which he claimed he dreams of the Duchess of Sussex being made to “parade naked” in public while people “throw lumps of excrement” at her:
\u201cJeremy Clarkson literally started a witch-hunt against Meghan Markle, saying he hated her on a cellular level, wanted her stripped naked marched through the streets with sh*t thrown at her while people shout shame. Yet here he is empathising with a man for abusing his power. Smh.\u201d
\u201cAs if Jeremy Clarkson cares about Phillip Schofield suffering homophobia. This is the same man who said, he couldn\u2019t be homophobic because he watches \u2018lesbians on the internet\u2019, he shared photo of himself with a sign saying \u2018gay c**t\u2019 & said \u2018transgender issues\u2019 drove him \u2018nuts\u2019.\u201d
\u201cWealthy white men, running to the defence of their fellow wealthy white man, hence the reason they never face the consequences of their actions. How Piers Morgan and Jeremy Clarkson dealt with Meghan Markle, how Dan Wootton dealt with Caroline Flack. They can all fcuk right off!\u201d
\u201cHypocrisy of the highest of high.\nLet's not forget Jeremy Clarkson once said he dreamt of the day when Meghan Markle was made to parade naked through the streets of every town in Britain while the crowds chant, \u2018Shame!\u2019 and throw lumps of excrement at her.\nhttps://t.co/uE022QkwUh\u201d
\u201cThis coming from the same Jeremy Clarkson who wrote that vile article, saying he hated Meghan Markle on a cellular level, wanted her stripped naked marched through the streets while people chant shame and have shit thrown at her. I find it unbelievable that the likes of Jeremy\u201d
— Emma Sealey \ud83c\uddef\ud83c\uddf2\u2764\ud83c\uddef\ud83c\uddf2 (@Emma Sealey \ud83c\uddef\ud83c\uddf2\u2764\ud83c\uddef\ud83c\uddf2)
\u201cReading plenty of this from right wing hate-mongers - Clarkson/Piers Morgan jumping on the bandwagon - hypocrites all - their vilification a& hate campaign vs Harry & Meghan not forgotten - best you shut up old man. https://t.co/it1PZGUqPv\u201d
“Unless Phillip Schofield’s ex-lover contradicts his version of events to
and BBC, then it’s time to stop this relentless persecution of a guy who’s lost everything and looks right on the edge to me.
"He doesn’t seem to have committed any crime, and he’s not a govt minister,” he tweeted.
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