The Grand Tour season 4: Richard Hammond hits back at homophobia and sexism complaints

The Grand Tour has come under fire many times before, with presenters Richard Hammond, Jeremy Clarkson and James May receiving their fair share of backlash after some of their jokes in the show were deemed offensive. Will Young slammed the show earlier this year as being “homophobic” and “bigoted”, even prompting Jeremy Clarkson to offer an apology. However, Richard Hammond has now claimed the trio have nothing to apologise for.

One particular joke that upset viewers was when Hammond referred to one vehicle as a “gay car” all while erupting with laughter.

He said: ”Oh, that’s because Jeremy was in the Jeep, which is! [laughs] It is! It’s the number one gay car.”

The presenter also came under fire back in 2017 after he joked that straight men can’t eat ice cream, which went viral on Twitter after Years and Years singer Olly Alexander shared the clip, branding it “awful”.

Now, the presenter has hit back at claims he is homophobic.

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Speaking to Express.co.uk, he began: “The criticism is just b***dy annoying.

“We are not remotely homophobic! If someone takes something as homophobic… I don’t want to cause offence.”

However, the host went on to reveal he won’t be more careful about causing offence in the future.

He added: “To say, ‘oh we need to be really careful not to be homophobic’ would say that we are, so we’re not going to try and set out to avoid that sort of thing because we’re not.

“But to be honest, people are always looking for it.”

Moreover, the show claims the all male trio have never said anything sexist, labelling it as a misinformed assumption of the group as “middle aged, middle class” men.

He added: “The favourite one we always used to get was sexism – ‘Oh we all know what you lot think about women and cars?’ What have we ever said? We’ve never said anything – apart from anything else I’ve got a wife and two daughters who would kick the s**t out of me.

“But we never said any of those things, probably because people just lead on the assumption that we were. We’re middle aged, middle class so that would be the assumption that that’s what we do.

“I think sometimes other people are ready to be offended on other people’s behalf and I don’t think you should be allowed to be if something’s not directed at you; you can’t be offended by proxy.”

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This comes as co-host Jeremy Clarkson slammed Greta Thumberg amid claims he is carbon neutral.

For the first time, Clarkson admitted to global warming, the host revealed that while aiming to film in the rainy season of Cambodia for their first special, their trip was “hot and sunny” grinding the boats to a halt as they became beached at some points.

However, the Grand Tour host won’t be becoming an activist anytime soon as he went on to take a huge swipe at Greta Thunberg.

He said: “We have simply said here’s an example of it. What do you want me to do now get in a carbon fibre yacht and go and shout at Donald Trump?”

Speaking of Greta, he said: “There’s that weird swede running around making all kinds of we’re all going to die noises so we’re all aware of it… I just think she is a weird swede with a bad temper.”

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He went on to brand the young activist a “liar” for claiming to have began a low carbon footprint journey to the United Nations Climate Change Conference in Madrid.

He then said: “Did you see she went to Chile for the climate conference which was then moved to Madrid? I literally s**t myself laughing.

“She’s an idiot because scientists will solve it, and nobody’s going to solve it by going on strike and not going to school cause the you’re not in your science lessons so she’s a fool.”

The Grand Tour presents: Seamen will be available on Amazon Prime Video on Friday 13th December.

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