OFFICIAL: The Grand Tour With Clarkson, Hammond, And May Is Finished

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Will the iconic trio part ways for good or team up for a new project?

A new rumor circulating in the media suggests that Jeremy Clarkson, James May, and Richard Hammond may depart from Amazon Prime's hit show, The Grand Tour.

UPDATE 12/01/2023: Jeremy Clarkson has confirmed the end of The Grand Tour in an Instagram post, stating "No more Grand Tour after next year but a LOT more Clarkson's Farm. Which, this evening, is looking extremely lovely."

Several British publications report that the trio called it quits following their return from Zimbabwe, where filming of the latest special took place. The news agency claims new options are being looked at for a rebooted version of the show. Whether that means new presenters or a new format remains to be seen. So far, neither the presenters nor Amazon Prime have commented on this.

Amazon's successful motoring show kicked off in 2015, following Clarkson's sudden departure from the BBC's Top Gear. The outspoken presenter was dismissed after punching a producer during a 'fracas,' resulting in the show being rebooted and taken over by new presenters.

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Since then, The Grand Tour has grown from strength to strength and enjoyed three traditional series before the format was changed to focus on longer-form adventure and road trip specials. One could argue that Top Gear's and The Grand Tour's success is due to the chemistry and friendship shared by the presenters, so would the latter work with new faces? We're unsure, but the show has blossomed into a global phenomenon.

The trio even have their respective shows on Amazon, such as Clarkson's Farm and James May: Oh Cook. This latest rumor comes just a week after the BBC confirmed that Top Gear would be canceled. Earlier this year, the show was put on hold after presenter Freddie Flintoff called it quits. Flintoff and another crew member were involved in a serious collision while filming in late 2022 when the Morgan Super 3 they were traveling in flipped over.

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Commenting on the BBC's decision, James May told the Today Podcast that Top Gear needs a rethink. "It's time for a new format and a new approach to the subject because the subject has not been this interesting, I suspect, since the car has been invented." This could hint at a change for The Grand Tour, but that remains to be seen.

The latest adventure will see the trio drive across Zimbabwe in three '70s sports cars: a Lancia Monte Carlo (a Scorpion to you and me), a Ford Capri (known as Europe's Mustang), and a Triumph Stag. The release date is unknown, but we can expect a debut sometime in 2024.

In July, the latest film saw Clarkson, Hammond, and May travel across Eastern Europe in a peculiar selection of cars. Before that, they explored Scandinavia in AWD sedans, including a Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution, which was crashed by James May.

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Source Credits: BBC

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