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Richard Hammond silent on criticism after saying eating ice cream is "gay"
An LGBT group said the words were “chosen purposefully to mock and belittle”.

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THEY MAY NOT be on Top Gear anymore, but the former Top Gear lads are still able to cause uproar with their “banter”.

Presenter Richard Hammond is in hot water today for saying that he doesn’t eat ice cream, because he’s “straight”.

In a segment of The Grand Tour (their new show on Amazon Prime) with co-presenters Jeremy Clarkson and James May, Hammond responds to Clarkson saying you couldn’t enjoy a chocolate Magnum inside a particular car, telling him

It’s alright, I don’t eat ice cream. It’s got something to do with being straight.

[Audience laughs]

Clarkson and May look bemused at his answer, with Clarkson asking:

Are you saying everyone who likes ice cream… you’re saying all children are [mutters] homosexual?

[More audience laughing]

Hammond counters:

There’s nothing wrong with it, but a grown man eating an ice cream, you know, it’s a bit… it’s that way rather than that way.

[Makes gestures with hands]

A spokesman for LGBT equality charity Stonewall told The Guardian that Hammond’s choice of words was “chosen purposefully to mock and belittle”.

Online, the comment got a lot of people are annoyed, and the digs are coming in thick and fast.

Hammond has yet to respond to the criticism.

Read: Matt LeBlanc told Graham Norton all about his run-in with a hen party in Kerry

Read: Why is there such a tiny selection on Amazon Prime in Ireland?

Written by Emer McLysaght and posted on

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