Jeremy Clarkson faces backlash over ‘patronising’ comments to Who Wants To Be A Millionaire contestant

Jeremy Clarkson faces backlash over ‘patronising’ comments to Who Wants To Be A Millionaire contestant

Jeremy Clarkson is well known for having a certain… flavour to his sense of humour, but many audience members of the latest instalment of Who Wants To Be A Millionaire? are not into his “patronising” attitude towards guests.

Last night saw Dylan Price from Margate walk away with £125,000 and Victoria Price from Teesside with £32,000. Huge quantities of money, by most standards.

But viewers have noticed in recent episodes that Clarkson likes to make it really, really clear when he disagrees with the decisions of his guests. A man that never hesitates to say what he thinks, he isn’t exactly polite about it either.

Price bore the brunt of most of this last night, when he derided her choice to leave with £32,000 because it would cover a year of her NHS salary.

That would be a lifechanging sum of money for many people.

“It’s not called ‘Who Wants To Win A Radiographer’s Salary Tax Free’”, he replied, cutting her completely short. Many viewers took to Twitter to say that it has been consistent with his increasingly rude demeanour on the show.

He seemed disappointed she hadn’t taken a chance on a question she was clueless on, with zero lifelines left.

Price handled the situation with grace, but it seemed to be part of a pattern throughout the episode.

He also described her decision to place her safety net – the guaranteed sum of money she’d be taking home – at £16,000 as “a bit wet”.

Pretty brash, given he was been happy to defended the estimated seven-figure salary he got from the BBC not so long ago.

He also took her hestitation to answer a question about the founding members of The Clash as some sort of personal attack, looking out to members of a non-existent audience to hurry her on.

Some people questioned if this all means he’s tired of presenting the show.

While others think he’s simply unprofessional.

One viewer even spotted him shaking his head in the background shot of the contestant exiting.

Might want to wait until the cameras are off for that one at least, Jeremy.

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