‘Often, things turn mildly physical’ Jeremy Clarkson opens up on being mobbed by fans


In light of the reaction to the young lads who videoed themselves “harassing” Chief Medical Officer Chris Whitty, Jeremy Clarkson, 61, wondered whether the nation had been a little bit harsh on their punishment. It comes as he revealed that when he’s been accosted in public, things “often turn mildly physical”.

The two men involved in the video were branded “despicable thugs” by Boris Johnson, leading to one losing his job as an estate agent and now being charged with assault.

But The Grand Tour host admitted he doesn’t think it is “entirely fair”, noting that if you’re in the public eye, you “have to expect attention” when out and about in public.


“Especially if you look like a human turtle,” he joked in his latest column for The Sun, before adding: “I don’t look like a turtle, or a human.

“But even so, if I walk past a building site, or a pub, I can pretty much guarantee that I’ll be surrounded almost immediately by a gang of young men shouting ‘One photo. One photo’.

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It prompted him to think about how people nowadays seem to live their lives as a series of ten-second movies, pointing out: “All of them are competing for an Oscar.

“That’s why Chris Whitty was accosted as he tried to walk down the street.”

And despite his own trying experiences with fans, Jeremy sympathised with the men’s recent condemnation.


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