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Richard Hammond said he doesn't understand why gay people come out while defending *that* 'gay ice cream' joke

Afraid to say your da is at it again.

RICHARD HAMMOND IS on the promotional tour with bezzie mates Jeremy Clarkson and James May in the lead-up to a new series of their Amazon show The Grand Tour.

During an episode in the show’s last series, Hammond landed himself in hot water when he said that he doesn’t eat ice cream because he’s ‘straight’.

He was responding to co-host Jeremy Clarkson pointing out that ‘you couldn’t enjoy a chocolat Magnum ice cream’ in a Rolls Royce because of the swanky interior.

Clarkson said:

Are you saying everyone who likes ice cream… you’re saying all children are homosexual?”

Hammond replied:

No. There’s nothing wrong with it, but you know – a grown man eating an ice cream is a bit…it’s that way rather than that way.”

Completely nonsensical but that’s what you get when combine three men who know more about cars than actually being funny.

He really does. #richardhammond #thegrandtour

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In a vain, vain attempt at explaining the reasoning behind his joke, he’s managed to further offend the LGBTQ+ community by suggesting that gay people coming out is “old-fashioned”.

The 47-year-old told The Times:

Look, anyone who knows me knows I wasn’t being serious, that I’m not homophobic. Love is love, whatever the sex of the two people in love.”
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?”

I’d say there’s a correlation there all right Richard, as well as the fact that you’re straight.

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.”

Twitter decided to do the noble thing and explain why coming out is important.

As gay people were made to feel ashamed for so long, coming out signifies of a rejection of that ideal. It can be an extremely difficult thing for a person to do – so yeah, it is kind of a big deal.

It’s hard old life being straight, isn’t it?


A bit rich coming from someone who goes on about their wife an awful lot though …

Richard, the kettle called and it wants you to stop calling it black.


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