More recently, the former Top Gear star – who was infamously dropped by the BBC after punching a producer while filming on location – claimed Greta was responsible for “killing” car shows like the ones he’s worked on in the past.
It seems that his co-presenter James May doesn’t quite agree with him, though.
Speaking to Bang Showbiz, James suggested: “He’s feeling threatened or something. I don’t think Greta’s destroyed car programmes.
“We’re still making ours and as far as I saw the other day the BBC are still making [Top Gear] and there are still quite a few on the internet.”
Responding to Jeremy’s claims that activists like Greta had made young people less interested in cars, James claimed: “In London, Manchester and other big cities around Europe, cars are expensive.
“They’re difficult to manage, it’s difficult to find somewhere to put them and the insurance is horrifying. At the moment we have Uber, and public transport is actually pretty good in places like London. It’s not that young people aren’t interested in cars it’s just that they don’t need to be interested.”
On Wednesday, Greta was named Time magazine’s Person Of The Year for her efforts in raising awareness of climate change.
He tweeted: “Congrats on becoming TIME ’s youngest ever Person of the Year.
“Whatever your view of her, and mine is decidedly mixed, she’s made a stunning impact on the climate change debate.”
Congrats @GretaThunberg on becoming @TIME’s youngest ever Person of the Year. Whatever your view of her, and mine is decidedly mixed, she’s made a stunning impact on the climate change debate. pic.twitter.com/FMYNiB0CVT— Piers Morgan (@piersmorgan) December 11, 2019
Greta, who has spoken about her experiences of living with Asperger’s syndrome, has also had her fair share of celebrity supporters, which has included comedian John Bishop and The 1975 frontman Matty Healy.
DJ Norman Cook – otherwise known as Fatboy Slim – also won praise when he played a remixed version of Greta’s iconic UN speech during one of his recent gigs.
This article originally appeared on HuffPost.