Confirmed: Clarkson, Hammond and May to leave ‘The Grand Tour’

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Just a day after unconfirmed reports suggested Jeremy Clarkson, Richard Hammond and James May would depart ‘The Grand Tour’, the news has been confirmed.


It’s official: Jeremy Clarkson, Richard Hammond and James May will no longer present ‘The Grand Tour’, with one of the show’s presenters confirming the trio won’t return to film more episodes in 2024 – despite the renewal of their unrelated programs on Amazon Prime.

Earlier this week, unsubstantiated reports out of the UK claimed the iconic trio of presenters would no longer host The Grand Tour following the airing of a recently-filmed feature-length special in Zimbabwe – due to be released early next year.

Overnight, Jeremy Clarkson confirmed the news on social media platform Instagram, saying there will be “No more Grand Tour after next year”, though his highly successful stand-alone program – ‘Clarkson’s Farm’ – has been renewed for a fourth season, which will follow season three in 2024.

In an interview with UK newspaper The Times, Clarkson said: “We’re done. I have reviewed cars on TV since 1989. That’s 34 years. And after next year, I won’t be doing that any more.”

It is not yet known whether the three presenters will appear on screen together again following the final episodes of The Grand Tour, which marks 20 years of the trio hosting motoring TV shows with each other.

Clarkson and Hammond began working together alongside Jason Dawe on the 2002 reboot of Top Gear before May replaced the latter presenter in 2003, starting a so-far 20-year run of the trio working together.

After 22 seasons on Top Gear, the trio left the BBC in 2015 after the broadcaster did not renew Clarkson’s contract following his physical assault of a producer.

Top Gear continued with a new line-up of presenters to mixed reviews, though Clarkson, Hammond and May were quickly signed by Amazon Prime to host The Grand Tour in late 2016 – which ran for three regular seasons until 2019 when it became a once or twice-a-year program of ‘specials’.

Amazon Prime lauded The Grand Tour as one of the most successful shows on its streaming service, which led to each presenter gaining their own unrelated programmes – such as ‘Clarkson’s Farm’, ‘James May: Our Man in…’ and ‘The Great Escapists’ (Hammond).

UK publication Deadline was told by Amazon’s head of unscripted shows – Fozia Khan – that The Grand Tour could continue without Clarkson, Hammon and May, though there are no concrete details about its future.

The announcement comes a week after Top Gear – the show which made them famous – was ‘rested’ by the BBC, following a horrific car crash involving one of its star presenters last year.

In December 2022, Top Gear presenter – and former test cricketer – Andrew ‘Freddie’ Flintoff suffered multiple facial injuries after reportedly rolling an open-top Morgan three-wheeler during production of the show’s upcoming series.

While Flintoff withdrew from the public eye, production of Top Gear was indefinitely suspended and reports began to circulate about its future – as fellow presenters Chris Harris and Paddy McGuinness returned to their respective prior roles.

Jordan Mulach is Canberra/Ngunnawal born, currently residing in Brisbane/Turrbal. Joining the Drive team in 2022, Jordan has previously worked for Auto Action, MotorsportM8, The Supercars Collective and TouringCarTimes, WhichCar, Wheels, Motor and Street Machine. Jordan is a self-described iRacing addict and can be found on weekends either behind the wheel of his Octavia RS or swearing at his ZH Fairlane.

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