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ITV set to axe Clarkson over Meghan column


JEREMY Clarkson is facing the axe from Who Wants To Be A Millionair­e? after his controvers­ial newspaper column about the Duchess of Sussex.

The forthcomin­g season of the quiz on ITV is likely to be his last, with the broadcaste­r’s boss saying there are ‘no future commitment­s’ beyond the next series.

In his column, Clarkson, 62, said he was dreaming of the day when Meghan would be paraded naked through the streets of Britain and pelted with ‘excrement’.

His comments sparked a huge backlash and he has since apologised.

ITV chief executive Dame Carolyn McCall, in an interview with Variety, said: ‘We have a contract. We’re contracted to this [season], so we will do that.’ She added: ‘And then we have no future commitment­s. And we haven’t made any statements about that.’

Last night Clarkson appeared to suggest the matter wasn’t totally settled. He wrote on Twitter: ‘So many kind messages about today’s reports. But relax. Lisa [his partner] and I have not split up and I have not been sacked as host of Who Wants To Be A Millionair­e.’

Dame Carolyn’s comments come after Variety previously claimed Amazon Prime Video, which airs hit show Clarkson’s Farm, was also going to go its separate ways with Clarkson.

An ITV spokesman said: ‘ITV is contractua­lly committed to a further series of Who Wants to Be a Millionair­e? [which has been recorded]. There are no further commission­ing commitment­s beyond that.’

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