Jeremy mused on nicknames – and what he’d name Sheryl Underwood (Picture: Brian J Ritchie/Hotsauce/Rex/Shutterstock)
In his latest column exploring nicknames, Jeremy Clarkson has branded Sheryl Underwood ‘Wetty’ following her clash with Sharon Osbourne on The Talk.
Recently Sheryl opened up about the PTSD she felt following the heated on-air moment, which came about after Sharon defended her friend Piers Morgan amid the fall-out from his comments on Meghan Markle.
The Grand Tour host was musing on nicknames and how they can often be offensive – mainly due to the fact the subject seldom gets to choose their own – sharing his own schoolyard moniker of ‘Ness’ (after the monster).
He wrote for his Times column this week: ‘Nicknames can never be complimentary. So when Chris Hemsworth, who plays Thor in the Avengers movies, tells us his nickname is Hammer, we can be fairly sure it isn’t.’
Suggesting Alexander ‘the Great’ wasn’t called as such down at his local, he then name-dropped Sheryl and claimed she’d got PTSD following ‘lady gossip’ – choosing to share what nickname he’d bestow upon her if given the chance.
Jeremy wrote: ‘I worry, though, that this is the way the world is moving.
‘We were told last week that a woman who had an on-air clash with Sharon Osbourne about Piers Morgan’s observations on the Royal Family was claiming to have PTSD.
Sharon and Sheryl clashed over Piers Morgan (Picture: CBS)
‘Yup, she reckons that after a brief bit of lady gossip, she is suffering from the exact same problem that soldiers have after they’ve survived a bombing raid. If I were to give her a nickname it’d be Wetty.
‘But I wouldn’t be able to give her a nickname, of course, because that would give her even more PTSD.’
He added in what appeared to be a dig at Meghan Markle: ‘It’d be such a shame if nicknames were crushed into history by … let’s call it Marklism.’
Sheryl recently opened up on the trauma she faced following the stoush with Sharon, which led to the X Factor judge leaving the show after almost 11 years on the panel.
On the show’s first episode back after a month’s hiatus, as bosses looked into allegations of racism against Sharon – which she vehemently denied – Sheryl said: ‘I feel like I am in PTSD because it was a trauma and I feel like I want to get past this because I really wanted to get to work with my friends and my colleagues.’
Sheryl returned to the show and opened up on the trauma she’d faced (Picture: CBS)
Sharon recently came under fire after she attempted to defend Piers, saying: ‘I very much feel like I’m about to be put in the electric chair because I have a friend, who many people think is a racist, so that makes me a racist? What does it gotta do with me?’
Getting increasingly emotional, she shouted: ‘I will ask you again Sheryl, I’ve been asking you during the break and I’m asking you again, and don’t try and cry ‘cause if anyone should be crying it should be me. Educate me. Tell me when you have heard him say racist things.’
Many viewers felt that it wasn’t Sheryl’s job to ‘educate’ her colleague on racism as she explained to Sharon: ‘It is not the exact words of racism, it’s the implication and the reaction to it.
‘To not want to address that because she is a Black woman, and to try to dismiss it or to make it seem less than what it is that’s what makes it racist.
‘But right now, I’m talking to a woman I believe is my friend and I don’t want anybody here to watch this and think we are attacking you for being racist.’