The Grand Tour ‘ice-cream is gay’ The Grand Tour ‘ice-cream is gay’
Credit The Grand Tour host Richard Hammond is facing a backlash from fans and the gay community, after saying he doesn’t eat ice-cream “because I’m straight”.... The Grand Tour ‘ice-cream is gay’

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The Grand Tour host Richard Hammond is facing a backlash from fans and the gay community, after saying he doesn’t eat ice-cream “because I’m straight”.

Filming a live episode of the new motoring show with his former Top Gear co-hosts, Jeremy Clarkson and James May, Hammond suggested only gay men would eat an ice-cream.

The comment shocked even his co-hosts.

In the sixth episode of the show’s first season, the trio were discussing the interior of a car, with Clarkson saying “the only problem is that in one of those, you couldn’t enjoy a chocolate Magnum ice-cream”.

Hammond responded: “It’s all right, I don’t eat ice-cream. It’s something to do with being straight.”

As his co-hosts did a double-take, the audience cheered and clapped – prompting Clarkson to turn to the audience and exclaim: “Why are you applauding him?”

To Hammond, he asked: “What do you mean? … You’re saying all children are homosexual?”

Hammond replied: “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.

“I’m right. I can’t believe you can’t see that. It’s easy. It’s in front of you.”

LGBTI groups were quick to condemn Hammond’s comments. One told The Guardian the co-host’s words were “chosen purposefully to mock and belittle”.

Viewers were shocked, calling Hammond a bigot, and making fun at his expense.

Neither Hammond nor The Grand Tour had yet commented on the backlash.

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