Clarkson’s Farm has broken UK viewing records despite Meghan Markle comments
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Season two of Jeremy Clarkson’s new Prime Video show reached 4.3 million viewers on TV sets, as per Barb - the official audience research group.
According to Deadline, Clarkson’s Farm has become the streaming platform’s most popular series, even clipping The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power, which had 3.2 million viewers.
This doesn't include people who watching Clarkson's show on their mobile, so the viewing numbers could be even higher.
Clarkson’s farming show was released soon after he faced backlash over his scathing column against the Duchess of Sussex.
In the piece, the English broadcaster said he hated her on a 'cellular level'.
Speaking about Prince Harry, he added: "I actually feel rather sorry for him because today he’s just a glove puppet with no more control over what he says or does than Basil Brush.
"Meghan, though, is a different story. I hate her."
However, this was the final kicker.
He continued: "At night, I’m unable to sleep as I lie there, grinding my teeth and dreaming of the day when she is made to parade naked through the streets of every town in Britain while the crowds chant, 'Shame!' and throw lumps of excrement at her."
Clarkson was denounced for his remarks, and even his daughter addressed the controversy.
In an Instagram story, Emily Clarkson wrote in part: "I want to make it very clear that I stand against everything that my dad wrote about Meghan Markle and I remain standing in support of those that are targeted with online hatred."
Ah, yikes, the next family therapy session will be interesting..
The column has since been removed from The Sun, and the 62-year-old has issued an apology.
He wrote on Instagram in a since-deleted post: “I really am sorry. All the way from the balls of my feet to the follicles on my head. This is me putting my hands up. Its a mea culpa with bells on.”
Clarkson added: “We’ve all been there, I guess. In that precise moment when we suddenly realise we’ve completely messed up. You are sweaty and cold at the same time. And your head pounds. And you feel sick. I couldn’t believe what I was reading. Had I really said that? It was horrible.”
Earlier this month, Britain's Independent Press Standards Organisation (IPSO) said it launched an investigation against Clarkson and The Sun following complaints from several women’s charities, as per ABC News.
Clarkson's article also received over 25,100 complaints, officially making it the most controversial piece since IPSO was established.