The car programme has drawn criticism in the past for highlighting the entitlement of middle-aged white men and including jokes at the expense of the LGBTQ+ community.
“It's just a TV show – it's not The Bible,” said Clarkson, during promotion for the new series.
“Do you think everyone on television should influence the views of others? Because I don't. I think we should go out there, have a bloody good laugh and then go down the pub.”
He added: “I don't experience toxic masculinity in my life. I don't pay any attention. I just sit in my tractor all day long. Sure, it's awful. I'm just in the entertainment business. Sorry. I think you've perhaps mistaken me for someone who could do something about these things…
“I'm 60; it's not my job to be woke, it's my job to die soon.”
In January of this year, singer Will Young called out the show for suggesting that a Wrangler Jeep is for gay people, writing on Twitter: “Enough is enough. I’m pissed and fed up. I want Amazon Prime and the producers of Grand Tour to meet young LGBT [people] who want to kill themselves because of shaming and laughter and normalising of shaming homophobic narratives.”
Clarkson's mocking apology, in his Sun column, read: “I will apologise to Will for causing him some upset and reassure him that I know I’m not homophobic as I very much enjoy watching lesbians on the internet.”
The Grand Tour will return to Amazon Prime Video on Friday 13 December.
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