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Clarkson, 60, has spent nearly three years in the hot seat of Who Wants To Be A Millionaire? The former Top Gear presenter took on the ITV reboot and now combines it with his commitments for Amazon Prime’s The Grand Tour. He is also outspoken about his political views, having previously lashed out at those who voted Leave in the 2016 Brexit referendum as “thousands of people are going to have their livelihoods absolutely ruined”.
Speaking after car manufacturers Jaguar Land Rover, Ford and Honda all announced they were cutting UK jobs, he said: “Those coffin-dodging idiots who voted for Brexit have just screwed it all up.
“Alright, we may lose a car or two but think how many thousands of people are going to have their livelihoods absolutely ruined by car firms understandably moving their factories to Slovakia and wherever else.”
His anger didn’t stop there, though.
He continued in his 2019 interview with LBC: “Of course, there’s nobody in Britain today who isn’t worried.
“I’ve got three children in their early 20s and you look at their life and think ‘why did you not get up and vote?’
“None of them did, nobody under 25 got up and voted otherwise we’d be remaining!”
Polling data put together by Opinium found that 64 percent of registered voters aged 18-24 made the effort to vote.
This rose to 65 percent among 25 to 39-year-old voters, and 66 percent among voters between 40 and 54.
It increased to 74 percent among 55 to 64-year-olds and 90 percent for the over-65s.
Clarkson also warned that the EU will “punish” the UK to protect its own future.
He told the Daily Beast: “I don’t think there’s a supercomputer on earth that could [work out Brexit].
“Europe has to punish us – they can’t allow us to leave without being damaged because then everyone will want to go.
“We don’t want to go if we’re going to be damaged.
“We can’t stay, we’ve got Ireland, we’ve got the customs union, and I’m still not certain what that means.
“This is why I said I wanted to stay – I feel European. It’s just bloody sad, that’s what it is, and Christ knows how it’s going to be resolved in my lifetime.”
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Clarkson has always supported Remain, and even made a video with Grand Tour co-host James May during the 2016 referendum.
He said in the video, pointing at his colleague: “It annoys me actually because I want to remain in Europe but that means agreeing with him.
“Quite apart from anything else, making our TV show which is called the Grand Tour and involves touring the world…if we were not in Europe we’d have to go to Calais every time we wanted to go to one of these countries.
“And that would take 100 years.”
Meanwhile, ex-Who Wants To Be A Millionaire? host Chris Tarrant took a sly dig at Clarkson when he first took the reins.
He told The Daily Star: “What they will never have is the great buzz we had.
“Particularly in our first year, that was an amazing time.”
Nevertheless, he wished Clarkson “good luck” for the show and claimed he was glad to have a lighter work schedule.
He said: “I used to work like a dog.”
Jeremy Clarkson will return with Who Wants To Be A Millionaire?, which airs at 8pm Sunday on ITV.
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