Jeremy Clarkson slams ‘relentless’ BBC for ‘making lack of younger audience issue worse’

Piers Morgan recalls in 2015 Jeremy Clarkson’s punch

The Grand Tour star Jeremy Clarkson, 60, addressed Ofcom’s 2020 report which stated that half of all the people in England between 16 and 34 don’t regularly watch anything on the BBC. Jeremy said the “problem has been made worse” as he claims the broadcasters are “desperately trying to woo these younger people by getting more and more right on”.

It’s so relentless that usually I turn over to watch Amazon or Netflix instead

Jeremy Clarkson

The former Top Gear host said he believes this move actually “alienates the only audience they have left: Oldies”.

Jeremy went on to share his thoughts about long-running programme Antiques Roadshow.

He said: “I look at all the ‘experts’ on the Antiques Road show and think, ‘Yes, you are demographically correct, but do you actually know anything about antiques?’”

He added he was also “fed up” with the continuous mentions of climate change.

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“It’s so relentless that usually I turn over to watch Amazon or Netflix instead,” he continued to add in his new column with The Sun.

In a further swipe, the father-of-three said comedians on the channel were chosen on “how they look and what they joke about”.

“You do gags about Keir Starmer or Marcus Rashford and you’re not getting on,” he said as an example.

He went on to praise social media app TikTok and its regular contributor Clara Batten, who gives daily updates about life in lockdown.

But, Jeremy said he doesn’t think she’d ever make it on the BBC because “she is way too well spoken and middle class”. has contacted a representative for BBC for comment.

Ofcom previously said the BBC needs to do “much more” to attract younger audiences to its services.

Head Sharon White said at the time some viewers felt certain services were “not relevant to their lives”.

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Following this, the BBC said it had a “clear plan to meet the needs of younger and diverse audiences”.

Jeremy previously worked for the BBC during his time on Top Gear with Richard Hammond and James May.

The trio were no longer a part of the show after Jeremy assaulted one of the producers back in 2015.

The car enthusiast punched producer Oisin Tymon and later apologised for his “regretful” actions.

He said in a statement at the time: “I want to reiterate that none of this was in any way his fault.

“I would also like to make it clear that the abuse he has suffered since the incident is unwarranted and I am sorry too that he has had to go through that.

“I am pleased that this matter is now resolved. Oisin was always a creatively exciting part of Top Gear and I wish him every success with his future projects.”

The trio now front The Grand Tour on Amazon as well as their own respective projects.

Who Wants To Be A Millionare? continues tonight at 8pm on ITV.

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