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The Grand Tour: Show in chaos as Jeremy Clarkson, James May and Richard Hammond set to ‘walk away’ after 20 years working together

Admin By Admin Nov29,2023

Jeremy Clarkson, James May and Richard Hammond are set to leave The Grand Tour, bringing an end to a 20-year-long partnership.

The former Top Gear presenters have decided to move on from the show seven years after it was launched on Amazon’s Prime Video, it is claimed.

An insider told the Sun that the ‘surprising’ decision ‘very much marks the end of an era for the three presenters’, who have worked together since 2003.

They added that although the show is one of the streaming platform’s most watched shows ‘the guys have made no bones about the fact they’re all advancing in years and they have lots of other projects to pursue.’

The source told the publication that the broadcasters ‘felt like the time was right and wanted to go out on a high when the show remained popular’.

Despite their departures MailOnline understands the show itself might yet continue, with Prime Video exploring options on how to move forward without the trio – although it is believed the trio are not against new presenters being hired.

Jeremy Clarkson (right), Richard Hammond (centre) and James May (left) filmed during an episode of The Grand Tour: A Scandi Flick

The trio being filmed on a race track during The Grand Tour's eastern Europe special - Eurocrash

The trio being filmed on a race track during The Grand Tour’s eastern Europe special – Eurocrash

The group in a promotional photo for BBC's Top Gear, which they presented from 2003 to 2015

The group in a promotional photo for BBC’s Top Gear, which they presented from 2003 to 2015

Fans of the show will still have some more helpings of The Grand Tour to look forward to – two special episodes which will follow Clarkson, May and Hammond to Mauritania and Zimbabwe are set to be released next year.

The trio also have other projects in the pipeline – Clarkson recently filmed a third season of Clarkson’s Farm and a fourth is in the pipeline, while May has another set of Our Man In… travelogues to be released. 

However, by moving on from the programme it would bring together an extremely successful association between Clarkson, aged 63, May, aged 60, and Hammond,  aged 52, stretching back 20 years.

The group had shot to superstardom after taking over BBC’s Top Gear, turning it from a niche car programme into one of the corporation’s hottest properties and selling spin-offs around the world.

They dramatically left the programme in 2015 after Clarkson was sacked by the channel following a bust-up with producers, before returning on The Grand Tour in 2016.

Since then they have hosted 44 episodes of the series, which has taken them around the world on specials to Cambodia and Vietnam, Reunion and Madagascar, Scandinavia, and eastern Europe.

It comes weeks after their former bosses at the BBC announced Top Gear, which turned the trio into superstars, was being axed in the aftermath of a horrific crash involving presenter Andrew Flintoff.

More to follow… 

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