This week has been an odd one in the world of entertainment. We've had Gemma Collins making more waves following that fall that shook the nation, but also some shocking events such as the hate-fuelled attack on Jussie Smollett. Here's what's had us all talking over the past seven or so days...

Jeremy Clarkson denies being homophobic after making homophobic 'jokes'

Jeremy Clarkson at The Sun Military Awards in 2014 / Photo Credit: JMVM/FAMOUS
Jeremy Clarkson at The Sun Military Awards in 2014 / Photo Credit: JMVM/FAMOUS

Never the most gracious host in the world, Jeremy Clarkson has come under fire from somebody who he actually considers a friend this past week; Will Young. After watching a new episode of The Grand Tour, the Pop Idol winner picked up on thinly-veiled homophobia that ran through attempts at humour by Clarkson.

Using stereotypical tropes to try and get cheap laughs, the trio of Grand Tour presenters would go a step further, pushing Young to take to his Twitter and threaten an official complaint to Ofcom:

There are of course those (idiots) who will defend Clarkson's right to offend, calling anyone who dare to take a stand against this sort of bigotry a 'bunch of snowflakes', but we're in a world where we do now have to think about our actions and be responsible for them. If people like Clarkson continue to attempt to normalise homophobic 'humour', then who are those same people that defend that humour to tell their children to accept anybody regardless of sexuality?

It's all about leading by example. Which takes us onto our next deep dive...

Jussie Smollett attacked by racist homophobes - but the right don't accept it

Jussie Smollett at Logo's 2017 Trailblazer Honors Awards / Photo Credit: NYNR/FAMOUS
Jussie Smollett at Logo's 2017 Trailblazer Honors Awards / Photo Credit: NYNR/FAMOUS

When news broke of Empire actor Jussie Smollett being attacked by two men in a racist and homophobic hate crime, my stomach turned. This is the result of a world that allows bigotry and inequality to run rampant. 

Police are still searching for the two men who poured an "unknown chemical substance" over the star and put a rope around his neck. Smollett told police that the attackers made reference to President Donald Trump's "Make America Great Again" ("MAGA") campaign, which of course set the far right in action against the star despite him being the clear victim here.

Those who will defend Trump to the death have gone so far as to suggest the entire attack has been made up by the Democratic Party and those on the left to tarnish the President's reputation. Is there any saving people that far gone? Should people who think like that be able to have a vote and shape the world around them?

We're moving forward as a society, slowly but surely, but when things like this happen it's always good to reflect on what more we could be doing. We stand with Jussie Smollett, always, and those like him who have fallen victim to hate crimes.

MORE: Jussie Smollett axes meet and greet with fans due to security concerns

Gemma Collins rants at TV producers

Gemma Collins at the 2017 ITV Gala / Photo Credit: JHMH/FAMOUS
Gemma Collins at the 2017 ITV Gala / Photo Credit: JHMH/FAMOUS

The level of Gemma Collins's delusions have apparently reached new heights, as a secret recording was released in which the TOWIE star declares her co-stars on a celebrity dating show aren't 'up to her TV level'.

Speaking with what we are assume crew members on Celebs Go Dating, Gemma refuses to go to Wales to film scenes and demands that producers instead go to Essex if they want more footage of her.

"How could I not be on screen? I'm the best one on the show," she rants through tears, declaring that her date wasn't up to scratch and that she'll give back the £60,000 fee she's been paid to appear if her demands aren't met.

Fellow series 4 celeb London Hughes has spoken out on social media to say the rant was about her, saying that she was "triggered" by the recording, but that she's "not even mad" and actually wants the voice clip as her ringtone. Rather you than me, London!

MORE: Gemma Collins believes she 'blacked out' just before her Dancing on Ice fall

Could Big Brother UK's return already be in the works?

Though the studio in Borehamwood has now been completely demolished, Big Brother could be making a return sooner than anybody believed if the change in logo on the Big Brother Auditions Facebook page is anything to go by. That's great news for those of us who love our reality television and the granddaddy of 'em all in Big Brother, but not such an exciting prospect for others.

Amongst the madness, Channel 5 have declared they'll be changing the name of their Big Brother Facebook page to Reality on Channel 5, which has led to a mass unliking by thousands of Big Brother's biggest fans. They say the network shouldn't be allowed to ride on the success of BB in a bid to get people watching their other reality shows after axing the Emma Willis-fronted series.

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