Jeremy Clarkson ‘verbally abused’ for not wearing face mask on shopping trip

Jeremy Clarkson has revealed he was verbally abused by a man after he forgot to wear a face mask while visiting his local shop.

The Grand Tour host, 60, recalled the incident in his column for The Times, explaining that because of his age he would have been "forgiven" for his mistake – but he said it wasn't the case and stated, "Britain is becoming very bitter".

Jeremy opened up about the way in which he was spoken to, and said the man questioned if his celebrity status had anything to do with him not deciding on following the Government's guidelines.

He wrote in his column for The Times: "Britain is becoming very bitter for some reason.

"Last weekend I went to the paper shop and remembered most of the things I now need for such a trip: spectacles, phone, hearing aid, tin of boiled sweets, gazetteer and a list of the papers I like to buy when I arrive. But I forgot my mask.

"In the olden days, when there was Enid Blyton and local bobbies gave apple scrumpers a clip round the ear, people would have forgiven a 60-year-old for making such a mistake. But not any more."

Jeremy explained that the man's "lecture" was filled with "much profanity" as he tried to pick up his essentials.

The TV host continued: "A man leapt from his 10-year-old Toyota to do some demonstrating.

"Do you not need a mask because you're on television?" he bellowed. And he hadn't finished.

Jeremy, who currently resides in the Cotswolds with girlfriend Lisa Hogan, said that the man who was telling him off wasn't adhering the government's guidelines either.

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"In fact his lecture, padded out with much profanity, was so lengthy that I never got the chance to interrupt and point out that he wasn't wearing a mask either. "

He added: "We see this sort of thing all the time."

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