Richard Hammond has ‘entirely rejected’ claims that he is homophobic in response to backlash over comments he made about ‘coming out’.
‘That’s just not the case,’ he said.
‘The very last thing I am is in any way anti-gay. And I said I believe that love is love is love.’
His comments come after he was also forced to defend remarks he made on The Grand Tour with Jeremy Clarkson in which he suggested that men that eat ice cream are ‘gay‘.
In response to that backlash, 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?
‘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.’
Speaking to Newsweek in response to the backlash over his suggestion that coming out is unnecessary, he added: ‘You’d have to have your head so buried in the sand not to be aware of the fact there are places in the world where it’s difficult for people to be who they are. I wouldn’t deny that, absolutely. But that isn’t who I was talking about.’
He went on to claim that the current generation did not see ‘coming out’ as such an issue but the ‘point’ he was trying to make was that ‘sometimes, for older generations it’s been a very different journey to being able to be honest about themselves and they’ve had to fight for it’.