Nurse, I think my willy tastes funny

Jeremy Clarkson slammed Sky Sports live on TV for dismissing Andy Gray and said he and his colleagues should have been ‘sacked 100 times’ over their off-air conversations.

But now Jeremy Clarkson has further fuelled the sexism row and dropped Richard Hammond in it after revealing obscene comments that his Top Gear co-star made off air.

In his weekly newspaper column, Clarkson revealed that Hammond had made an extremely suggestive, and some may say offensive, remark to a female paramedic working on their show.

After discussing the furore surrounding Gray and his colleague Richard Keys, Clarkson referred to some boyish behaviour that he and Hammond indulged in last year.

He wrote in English newspaper, The Sun, ‘Just last year, while performing at a venue in South Africa, Richard Hammond and I noticed the paramedic was rather attractive.

‘Every day we would invent new aches and ailments so we had an excuse to pay her a visit.

‘Then, on the last day, Hammond said to her, “Nurse, I think my willy tastes funny”.

‘Should he be sacked for that? Some would say yes and really, these are the people that need to be looked at. Because they lack the one characteristic that actually makes the world go round…tolerance.’

Hammond, who has been married for almost nine years to wife Mindy, with whom he has two daughters, Isabelle and Willow, was not available for comment yesterday.

The column had defended Keys and Gray and asked where the line should be drawn when it came to remarks that could be deemed offensive.

And on Wednesday night, as he and his Top Gear co-hosts Hammond and James May collected the Best Factual programme award at the National Television Awards, he waded into the Sky Sports sexism row.

Live on air, in front of a packed-out audience at the O2 Arena in London, he came to the defence of Grays and Keys and said the row raised the danger of being punished for ‘heresy by thought’.

He said, ‘If that’s the new benchmark, the three of us would have been sacked probably 100 times for the things we’ve said.’

Quoting from an old Monty Python sketch about the Spanish Inquisition, he added, ‘I think we’ve arrived at a stage where you actually can be busted for heresy by thought, which is a terrifying place to live.

‘We try very hard on Top Gear not to be sexist. We don’t ever say that women can’t park or drive, that would be ludicrous. If a man wants to think that, that’s fine. You should be allowed to think what you think.’

by John Jackson


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