Combined with the trio's salaries, the production and insurance costs are way too high.
Last month we heard a rumor that The Grand Tour will not be renewed for a fourth season on Amazon Prime. The likely reason is the show’s high production costs coupled with the multi-million dollars salaries paid to hosts Jeremy Clarkson, Richard Hammond and James May. Today, however, Amazon Prime has apparently made its final decision: season three will be the show’s final season, assuming another network and/or streaming service doesn’t pick it up.
Despite more positive reviews for its second season, The Grand Tour’s first season was not quite everything audiences hoped it would be, namely The American test driver and Celebrity Brain Crash. Both were dropped for season two, which, not surprisingly, was better received than season one. Clarkson, the also newly minted host of “Who Wants To Be A Millionaire” in the UK, is obviously devastated by the news. “For the life of me, I cannot figure out where things went wrong. I blame May, who demanded such a high salary in the first place. No clue why he needs to buy more shirts with patterns worse than 1970s-era wall paper," he wrote on Twitter.
As for Hammond, he’s simply become too accident-prone, especially after his near fatal crash in the Rimac Concept_One last year. “Those insurance buggers raised his premiums. Again. I really can't believe this is happening. It's like fake news or something,” Clarkson added. Amazon Prime, so far, has refused to comment. That’s not entirely unexpected considering the decision to give the show the axe was made in the early morning hours of Easter Sunday, which also happens to be April 1st.