Richard Hammond: I don’t understand why gay people feel the need to come out
Former Top Gear presenter Richard Hammond has come under fire after claiming that gay celebrities shouldn’t bother to come out.
The former Top Gear presenter made the remarks in an interview with the Sunday Times.
Speaking to the newspaper, the TV anchor insisted that sexuality is “not an issue” and questioned why people “feel the need to mention it”.
He said: “It may be because I live in a hideously safe and contained middle-class world, where a person’s sexuality is not an issue, but when I hear of people in the media coming out, I think, why do they even feel the need to mention it?”
Hammond added: “It is so old-fashioned to make a big deal of it. That isn’t even an interesting thing to say at a dinner party any more.”
His comments were roundly trashed on social media.
In the same interview, The Grand Tour presenter defended cracking a joke about ice cream being only for gay people.
The popular Top Gear and The Grand Tour presenter made the bizarre remarks in the Amazon show’s Boxing Day episode.
Fellow host Jeremy Clarkson had suggested you couldn’t enjoy a Magnum ice cream while inside a Rolls Royce, pointing to a photo of its pristine interior.
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