Jeremy Clarkson apologises to colleague after nickname in piece blasting ‘language police’

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Jeremy Clarkson, 61, was called out by one of the publicists he’s worked with in the past, about being mentioned in his column for The Sunday Times. The Grand Tour host was writing in his piece about how nicknames were a staple of British humour.

In his latest column for the publication, Jeremy hit out at “the language police”.

The presenter made an impassioned defence of the art of a nickname in the piece.

At one point, he referenced a PR man who he often works with in the industry.

He penned: “There’s a PR man in the car industry named Wayne Bruce. We call him ManBat.”

The man in question then reached out to Jeremy on Twitter, admitting he was “humbled and grateful”.

Bruce wrote: “Both humbled and grateful to @JeremyClarkson for the mention, alongside Isabella the Smelly.

“My parents finally feel vindicated, too.”

The star then felt compelled to apologise to his colleague, after his message.

Jeremy replied in view of his 7.3 million: “Sorry mates.”

Many of the former Top Gear presenter’s followers also waded in on the discussion below.

One wrote: “ManBat is just the best nickname ever.. for someone called Wayne Bruce. I’m tickled pink here.”

“Hilarious commentary fro JC (sic),” added another fan of the presenter.


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A third penned: “I remember getting my first email from you.

“It was displayed in the last-name.first-name format, so actually read as ‘Bruce, Wayne’.”

Another waded in adding: “And that’s before we get onto Military nicknames!”

Jeremy also slammed people getting upset about nicknames in his column.

He continued: “There is no doubt in my mind that in my current climate I could contact my old school and say my life had been materially affected by the nickname I was given.

“And it would have to cough up.

“It’s the same with the army, where everyone is basically called s***head.

“It’d be such a shame if nicknames were crushed into history by let’s call it Marklism.”

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