PUBLISHED: 12:36, Fri, Sep 4, 2020 | UPDATED: 13:30, Fri, Sep 4, 2020
The Grand Tour host Jeremy Clarkson, 60, addressed claims that the SNP may introduce changes to hate crime laws, which threaten to criminalise comedians. The former Top Gear host suggested that the proposals were indeed a "joke" as he said "there's nothing wrong with causing offence".
The car-enthusiast explained that there are times when offence is warranted as he spoke candidly about a moment he shared with his pal Dylan Jones.
The TV star said it was "clear" the pair had become friends after his friend branded him a "c***".
Jeremy said: "The problem is that there’s nothing wrong with causing offence. Sometimes it’s even a good thing.
"For many years I was acquainted with the editor of GQ Magazine, a man called Dylan Jones.
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Jeremy Clarkson's pal's foul-mouthed rant about ex-Top Gear host (Image: GETTY/WENN)
Jeremy Clarkson alongside girlfriend Lisa Hogan and Dylan Jones (Image: GETTY)
"One day, I had bought a new jacket and, as he is something of a style guru, I asked him if he liked it."
Jeremy continued: "He took a moment to check it out before saying, in front of several other people, 'No. It makes you look like a c***'.
"Over the years, until that point, we’d been sniffing each other’s bottoms and making small talk."
Jeremy continued in his column for The Sun: "But when he said that, it meant we knew each other well enough to go for one another’s jugular. Which was a clear signal we’d become friends."
Jeremy Clarkson also addressed his friendship with co-stars James May and Richard Hammond (Image: GETTY)
His candid admission comes after Rowan Atkinson and Mr Bean star was among more than 20 artists, authors, and campaigners that warned the proposed legislation could limit freedom of