On an episode of the show featuring celebrity contestants playing for charity, which was shown on TV yesterday, Clarkson made the joke while explaining the rules of the ITV show to contestant Jimmy Carr.
He said: “You’ve got four life lines, 50/50, you’ve got two phone a friends because you’ve got no audience because of Covid...”
Carr interjected and joked: “Oh I thought that was because people preferred Tarrant” (he was referring to the previous host, Chris Tarrant).
It is not the first time Clarkson has ruffled feathers in recent weeks. Recently, he sparked a backlash after he penned column in the Sunday Times criticising Greta Thunberg and declaring she needs a “smacked bottom”.