Amazon's 'Grand Tour' Host Under Fire for Suggesting Eating Ice Cream Is Gay

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Amazon is said to have paid nearly $250 million for The Grand Tour.

"I don't eat ice cream ... It's something to do with being straight," said Richard Hammond.

For many, it was only going to be a matter of time before there was some sort of controversy involving the hosts of Amazon's big-budget motoring show The Grand Tour.

But instead of it stemming from Jeremy Clarkson, who was famously axed from BBC hit show Top Gear after punching a producer in early 2015, it was his co-presenter Richard Hammond who faced the wrath of the internet on the episode that became available on Amazon Dec. 2.

During a discussion segment of the show, Clarkson suggested the problem with a car's light-colored leather interior lay in the fact that it would prevent the driver from enjoying "a dark chocolate Magnum ice cream."

Hammond responded by saying: "It's all right, I don't eat ice cream. ... It's something to do with being straight." He then added: "There is nothing wrong with it, but a grown man eating an ice cream — it's that way, rather than that way."

The comment provoked an instant backlash, with the U.K.'s London Pride LGBT group firing back and inviting Hammond out for a "big gay" serving of ice cream.

Even ice cream manufacturer Wall's got in on the act.