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Zoe Delaney

John Bishop and Dan Walker lead criticism of Jeremy Clarkson after Meghan Markle rant

Huge names from the showbiz world are rushing to publicly condemn Jeremy Clarkson following his hateful comments about Meghan Markle.

Celebrities like comedian John Bishop, former Strictly Come Dancing star Dan Walker and even Jeremy's own daughter have all taken to social media over recent days to slam the former Top Gear presenter, 62, and call for him to apologise to the Duchess of Sussex.

Clarkson broke his silence regarding the backlash earlier today but failed to apologise to Meghan, 41, after sharing how he hates the former Suits actress on a cellular level" and wants her to be "paraded naked through the streets".

Amid Clarkson's non-apology, the TV star's previous comments about Meghan have resurfaced online – including a statement where Jeremy describes how he would like the public to react to the mum-of-two's death in the future.

Many celebrities are showing their support for Meghan Markle following Jeremy Clarkson's comments (Netflix)

The 62-year-old wrote in his latest newspaper column for The Sun how he "dreams of people throwing lumps of excrement at her" in the insensitive spew of hatred towards Meghan – who he has never met.

Clarkson – who attended an event the Queen Consort was present at last week – has been criticised by many public figures, including politicians, for using his column in The Sun to take aim at Meghan.

Comedian and TV star John Bishop wrote on Twitter : "WTF is this ??

John was one of the first famous figures to publicly criticise Clarkson (Dave Benett/Getty Images)
The comedian told the presenter he has 'no excuse' for making vile comments (Getty Images)

"I don't care who you are or who you work for you simply can not write things like this. It is a blatant appeal to incite humiliation and violence on a woman. Some have excused it as dark humour. There is [no] joke here @JeremyClarkson and no excuse."

Fellow comic Dom Joly added: "Literally gobsmacked at the utterly vile and disgusting comments written about Meghan Markle by Jeremy Clarkson in the Sun. What an utter piece of trash he is… what is it with these type of men that triggers them so?"

Cold Feet actress Fay Ripley also shared the extract and added: "This is violent. @JeremyClarkson stop now. Face charges. Apologise."

Strictly star Dan mused how Clarkson 'likes to provoke a response' (Dave J Hogan/Getty Images)
Clarkson's daughter yesterday issued a statement slamming her famous father (Getty Images Europe)

Channel 5 News presenter Dan Walker told his Twitter followers on Sunday: "I get that it’s his job to provoke a response with his words but does Jeremy Clarkson, or indeed anyone, actually feel like this about Meghan Markle?

"There are so many red flags in here."

Loose Women presenter Denise Welch has shared several tweets regarding Clarkson's comments, including one which reads: "It’s astonishing to me that so many people are only now calling out Clarkson and Morgans vile bullying.

"I’ve been doing it for years and received torrents of abuse for it. Especially from Morgan himself who has constantly denigrated those who speak out about poor mental health."

Denise wants Clarkson to properly apologise to Meghan and her family (ITV)

The former soap star also shared Clarkson's statement with her fans and told the Grand Tour presenter: "Oops. Silly you. But you forgot to say sorry to Meghan and her family. However you’ve helped proved them 100% right . Just saying."

In a tweet shared with his Twitter followers today, Clarkson wrote: "Oh dear. I’ve rather put my foot in it. In a column I wrote about Meghan, I made a clumsy reference to a scene in Game of Thrones and this has gone down badly with a great many people.

"I’m horrified to have caused so much hurt and I shall be more careful in future."

Clarkson wrote his column after watching Meghan and Harry's Netflix docu-series (Netflix)

In one of the replies to Clarkson's tweet, one Twitter user shared an extract from one of the star's previous columns for The Sun and asked him: "Was this part a scene in the Games of Thrones? You wrote an entire article about Meghan dying prior to this article."

In the extract, Clarkson wrote: "When she dies, hopefully many years from now, she will not be carried in front of millions by stoic men with good hearts and strong arms.

"If it’s a slow news day, the best she’ll get is a small obituary in The Times on Page 27."

The extract was taken from another of Clarkson's columns for The Sun, published in September this year following the death of Queen Elizabeth II.

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