May And Clarkson Have No More Than 5 Years Of Presenting Left In Them


According to May, the two older Grand Tour presenters are getting tired.

When Amazon picked up the baton left by the BBC when it fired Jeremy Clarkson, all seemed well again. The online sales giant promised to bring back the show and supply it with an absurd budget and creative freedom, all but ensuring that the continuation of the BBC’s version would be rendered obsolete. However, those good times may not last forever because as James May so diligently pointed out in an interview with Radio Times, he and Clarkson are no longer young men.

For those who don’t know, May is already 53 years old while Clarkson, the most immature of the group, leads him by three years. The youngest member of the show is obviously Richard Hammond, who is 46, ten years younger than Clarkson. "Jeremy is particularly decrepit and I find growing within me – I try to fight it for some reason, but I'm giving into it – a much stronger, nesty sort of instinct. Within the next five years I don't want to be fart-arsing around” said May in typical May fashion. So far the trio has signed on a deal with Amazon to produce 36 episodes over three years, but after that, nothing is set in stone. While May has only been hosting the show for a decade, Clarkson is the heavyweight of the trio.

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In total, he has a quarter century of Top Gear presenting experience under his belt. If he sticks around another five years, his career as an automotive presenter will have spanned 30 years, which is slightly outrageous given the sorts of shenanigans the trio gets up to. While it might seem like a dream job, there’s no doubt that it comes with plenty of physical, mental, and even emotional stress that can wear on a person. Younger presenters may not have that issue, and like it or not, eventually someone else will need to step up to the plate to replace Clarkson, May, and Hammond. “Eventually I want some other people to do it,” summarized May. We have yet to find out who that is.