Jeremy Clarkson says he ‘feels sorry’ for Adam Henson amid ‘BBC interference’

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Jeremy Clarkson, 61, has voiced his opinion on Adam Henson, 55, after his BBC show Countryfile was hit with criticism this week. The author and farmer James Rebanks praised Jeremy Clarkson’s farming show, Clarkson’s Farm, criticising Countryfile.

We all want farming to fork, where the middlemen are cut out.

Jeremy Clarkson

Discussing Clarkson’s Farm at the Cheltenham Literature Festival, James praised the show for doing more for farming in one year than the BBC’s Countryfile has done in 30 years.

He said: “I can report back from within the farming community. They all loved that programme. They loved it.

“But what they really liked is [that] they have been frankly p****d off with Countryfile for about 30 years because the whole logic of Countryfile is that you can’t make a mainstream, prime-time TV programme about farming because farming is for a niche group of idiots.”

He added: “There were silly bits… but in the farming community they are just delighted that someone high profile would stick up for them or have any kind of genuine empathy.”

Jeremy has hit out at these claims in his latest Sun column, sticking up for Adam and his BBC show.

He said: “I actually feel sorry for the show’s farmer, Adam Henson, because I’ve been in the business long enough to know he’s talking with one hand tied behind his back and an off-camera gun to his head.

“He’s a bloody good presenter and a nice guy and what I’d like to see is a series called Henson Unleashed.

“We all want farming to fork, where the middlemen are cut out.”

Jeremy added: “Well this would be farm to front room, with no BBC interference in between.”

He added that he finds it unfair for his show to be compared to Countryfile as it is not a farming show.

Jeremy believes Countryfile is a “festival of wheelchairs and turbans, a smorgasbord of righteousness and a celebration of minioritysm”.

The ex-Top Gear presenter added that the show is not from Adam Henson’s view but what the producers want to show going on.

Jeremy does not have a good relationship with the BBC after his contract was not renewed after an “unprovoked physical attack” on a Top Gear producer in 2015.

He was suspended on March 10 2015, following what was called a “fracas” with Top Gear producer Oisin Tymon.

His contract with the BBC expired at the end of the month, and a previously proposed three year renewal was withdrawn.

Later on in the month, Jeremy launched a verbal tirade at BBC studio bosses at a charity auction at the Roundhouse in Camden.

He said: “The BBC has f****d themselves.”

In November 2015, Oisin sued Clarkson and the BBC for racial discrimination over the verbal abuse he received after the incident.

The following February, Jeremy formally apologised to Tymon and settled the racial discrimination and personal injury claim for £100,000.

Since 2015 Jeremy has not had a good relationship with the BBC, leading to his honest comments about Countryfile.

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