Richard Hammond claims ice cream is only for gay people
Richard Hammond has caused offence with a row over ice cream.
The popular Top Gear and The Grand Tour presenter made the bizarre remarks in the show’s boxing Day episode.
Fellow host Jeremy Clarkson commented that you couldn’t enjoy a Magnum while inside a Rolls Royce, pointing to a photo of its pristine interior.
Hammond then responded by saying: “It’s alright, I don’t eat ice cream”.
He added: “It’s something to do with being straight.”
? hello & here's the full richard hammond 'ice creams are gay' piece and yeah, it's awful pic.twitter.com/JhDisRsc1Q
— ollie cole (@ProducerOllie) December 26, 2016
Audience members clapped and cheered the remark.
Meanwhile Clarkson, usually known for his forthright sense of humour, looked taken aback at the comment.
“Why are you applauding him?” asked Mr Clarkson.
“You’re saying all children are homosexual?”
Mr Hammond then continued, saying: “Ice cream is a bit… you know.
“There’s nothing wrong with it, but a grown man eating an ice cream – it’s that way, rather than that way.”
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Many Twitter users were angry at the comments, while others mocked their absurdity.
Here's a photograph of Richard Hammond cruising around for gay men to service. pic.twitter.com/zWlnyD9nLm
— Shartimus (@ShartiTheClown) December 27, 2016
Years and Years singer Olly Alexander Tweeted: “Excuse me while I gag on my Cornetto.”
Richard Hammond hasn’t yet responded to the row, having last Tweeted on 23 December.