Jeremy Clarkson has weighed in on the debate about whether it was right to cancel The Jeremy Kyle Show, following the death of a guest who failed a lie detector test.
The Grand Tour presenter says the decision to cancel the long-running ITV show amounts to unfairly taking away the ‘plaything’ of Brexiteers, asking: ‘So what sort of show should be beamed into the plasma-filled homes of the fat and the unintelligent?
‘Repeats of the Richard Dimbleby lectures?’
Clarkson claims to have never seen The Jeremy Kyle Show, though – rather confusingly – says he has been in the Salford-based studio while the programme was being filmed and was there long enough to have a good look at the live audience.
‘It’s obvious from their leggings that what they want from a TV show is two overweight people slagging each other off until one is escorted from the studio by a security man the size of a Buick,’ he claims of those watching the show.
‘This causes them to moo and low like farmyard animals, both in the studio and in council houses all the way from Wolverhampton to Carlisle.’
Writing in The Sunday Times, Clarkson went on to explain these ‘farmyard animals’ as Brexiteers, and suggested that’s why commentators are ‘gleeful’ at the axing of The Jeremy Kyle Show.
According to the columnist, the ‘soft-left intelligentsia’ have plenty of things to keep them entertained, such as ‘craft beers’, ‘vapes’ and ‘whole-food restaurants’ but those who watch Jeremy Kyle have had their pubs, their cigarettes and their bitter taken away.
The BBC are guilty of this too, says Clarkson, with ‘all sort of things on BBC4 to stimulate their neurological route map’ as well as two radio stations for remainers and none at all for those who voted leave.
While Clarkson clarifies he voted leave himself, he insists he doesn’t hate anyone who voted for Brexit: ‘I don’t want to punish them. Yes, many wanted out because they want less immigration, but that doesn’t make them Hitler.’
The 59-year-old however revealed that he believed the decision to cancel The Jeremy Kyle Show is the right one after former guest, Steve Dymond, died by suicide, though he believes it should be replaced with something similar, or – in his words – ‘something with its eyebrows in its hairline’.
David Dickinson’s Real Deal is currently airing in the show’s slot, and ITV bosses are said to be working around the clock to find a permanent replacement that will bring in the average one million viewers Jeremy Kyle pulled daily.
Fans of This Morning have suggested the channel extend the magazine show an extra hour.
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