The Grand Tour: Official trailer for Carnage A Trois
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Richard Hammond has responded to criticism from singer Will Young about The Grand Tour being homophobic. The popstar reiterated his initial comments from 2019 recently in a new talk, where he complained about the series’ Columbia special.
Will had made the comments while speaking at The Times and The Sunday Times Cheltenham Literature Festival in October.
When asked about Jeremy Clarkson, he said, according to The Times: “Jeremy Clarkson is the least worst.
“The other two, in my opinion, are worse. The worst one is Richard Hammond.
“He’s the worst because he says things like: ‘I’ve got lots of gay friends.’”
Richard addressed the claims to media outlets while promoting the latest episode of The Grand Tour, referencing previous criticism from Will as well.
He said: “I made it plain at the time.
“I said that I’m not and we’re not remotely homophobic in the show.
“If anything, we’re very glad to be in an increasingly inclusive society that welcomes everybody, because gender or sexual orientation shouldn’t stand in the way of anything.
“So, that’s all I’ve got to say on it really.”
According to Metro.co.uk, James May also addressed the criticism in a separate chat.
He said: “I hope we’re always careful about the jokes we make because we’re not actually trying to alienate people or offend people.
“We make fun of people, but that’s not quite the same thing, and we try to be inclusive in that everybody is equally open for mockery and division, mainly ourselves, let’s be honest.”
He added: “I’m not aware that we made any crass, homophobic jokes or comments. I hope we didn’t.
“I don’t think we’re running scared of cancel culture and all the rest of it, but I suppose, unconsciously, and just like everybody else in the world, we’re probably recessing the way we think about things, which is no bad thing at the moment because it’s society and society is making progress and it must always move on.”
Richard and James are reuniting with Jeremy for the latest special of the show.
Elsewhere in the interview, Richard opened up about what it has been like for him to get back to work after suffering crashes.
As fans of the motoring presenter will know, he’s had several serious incidents while filming Top Gear and The Grand Tour.
Asked if he felt worried while filming, he said: “No, because it’s a big production and we work very hard to mitigate risk and we do cover all bases.
“But then accidents happen.
“I think if I were to choose to make myself a victim and go ‘oh poor me’ and go on a witch hunt to find out why it happened, etc, etc, it just perpetuates it.
“So, you know, I’ve been lucky enough to be able to get up and dust myself off and carry on.
“And as part of carrying on it’s still a job that I love and I consider myself incredibly lucky to have it.”
The Grand Tour Carnage A Trois will be released on Amazon Prime Video on December 17.
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