The perennially embattled Jeremy Clarkson has been blessed with the most unlikely of allies. Piers Morgan, who Clarkson has famously maintained a long-running feud with, came to the Top Gear host's defense (for lack of a better word) in a column in The Sunday Mail.

"From what I've read, it appears Jeremy behaved like an arrogant, drunken, aggressive oaf and deserves much of the opprobrium that's crashed down on him. Perhaps even the sack," Morgan wrote of the scuffle between the 54-year-old TV personality and producer Oisin Tymon. "But I understand, perhaps better than most, the rather particular stresses and strains that come with being a cocky, opinionated, mischievous, polarizing TV personality who seeks occasional relief in alcoholic libation."

If you've followed the Clarkson/Morgan feud, this sort of backhanded defense is, at the very least, a surprise (something Morgan himself comments on). But it turns out that Clarkson and Morgan buried the hatchet, to a degree, following the Top Gear host's N-word debacle nearly a year ago. They settled their differences in the usual manner for grown men – by getting well and truly trollied at a pub

"And after our night in the pub together, I sensed that Jeremy's just like pretty much every other 50-something in life; angst-ridden from damaged relationships, grieving loved ones, irritated by work-related issues, and battling inner demons," Morgan wrote.

"In the kind of ghastly therapy-speak he would ridicule, he's been struggling to keep all his plates spinning for a while, and every time one crashes to the floor, I suspect he finds it harder to pick up the pieces while simultaneously keep the others spinning."

Morgan goes on to argue that like so many TV personalities, there's a lot more going on with Clarkson than his snarky, shouty on-screen persona gives away. It's really worth a read, so head over and have a look.

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