Jeremy Clarkson, Richard Hammond and James May may part ways with Amazon Prime as hosts ‘The Grand Tour’ in 2024, multiple unsubstantiated reports from the UK have claimed.
Jeremy Clarkson, Richard Hammond and James May are understood to be leaving ‘The Grand Tour’, with reports out of the UK suggesting the iconic trio have filmed their final episode for Amazon Prime’s flagship program.
Unsubstantiated reports by multiple UK news outlets – including BBC News – claim the three hosts will depart The Grand Tour following the airing of an episode recently filmed in Zimbabwe, which is reportedly due to air next year.
Though there have been numerous reports about Clarkson, Hammond and May leaving The Grand Tour, no official statement has been released by the show’s distributor – Amazon Prime – or any of the three presenters.
In January 2023, overseas reports claimed Clarkson would not have his contract renewed by Amazon Prime after the controversial presenter made vile comments towards Meghan Markle in a column published in the UK’s The Sun newspaper.
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).
The news of the trio departing The Grand Tour 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.
Top Gear originally aired from 1977 to 2001 when it was first axed, and revived a year later by former presenter Clarkson and producer Andy Wilman – the latter of whom moved with the three hosts to Amazon Prime in 2015.