James May slams ‘utterly scurrilous’ claims about ‘horse’s a**e’ in Jeremy Clarkson post
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The Grand Tour host James May, 58, has spoken out after fans accused him of taking a cheeky swipe at Jeremy Clarkson, 61, when he wished him a happy birthday yesterday. It comes after James took to Twitter to pay tribute to his Top Gear co-star, as he marked his 61st birthday with a surprising photo.
The star shared a snap of Jeremy with his glasses perched on his nose as he smiled for the camera.
However, James’ fans were distracted by the horse statue which could be seen in the background of where Jeremy was sitting in the photo.
Unfortunately for Jeremy, the statue’s position was rather unfortunate in the picture, as only its rear end could be seen.
James captioned his post: “Just realised it’s Jeremy Clarkson’s birthday. Happy birthday.”
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The tweet prompted quite a response from some of James’ 3.1 million followers, who couldn’t help but comment on the horse statue.
One person questioned: “What is this picture???”
Another added: “I’m presuming the horse’s a**e framing was intentional?! Regardless, a happy birthday to him.”
A third fan quipped: “I was gonna say how is this birthday message not accompanied by a customary insult then I noticed the horse’s a**e in the back.”
A fourth joked: “Nice photo of a horses a**. The statue is cool too!”(sic)
After seeing the comments, James penned a follow up tweet to address the reaction to his mischievous snap.
He wrote last night: “Some people have helpfully pointed out that there’s a horse’s arse in my picture of Jeremy Clarkson. I never noticed.
“Any suggestion that I deliberately framed the picture to include Jeremy Clarkson and a horse’s a**e is utterly scurrilous.”
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Despite James’ statement, many fans still questioned his intentions.
One person wrote: “I don’t have a very big vocabulary Mr May. But I gather, from context, that ‘scurrilous’ roughly means ‘exceedingly accurate’, yes?”
Another commented: “Well it’s not every day you see a horse with two rear ends.”
A third said: “And here I didn’t click on the pic and thought well that was very nice of him to use a flattering pic…. so naive.”
A fourth penned: “I honestly thought that was the point of that pic hahaha.”
James previously described the banter between himself, Jeremy, and their co-star Richard Hammond as a “camped-up pantomime”, but believed viewers loved it.
He stated that the “differences” between The Grand Tour presenters “are real” and maintained that they did not get on at all.
However, the star said he didn’t think the show would have worked if they were not “thrown together”.
James continued to The Guardian: “We are not really meant to be together – but that is why it works.”
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