Clarkson, Hammond, and May’s Grand Tour Tenure Is Coming to an End

The Grand Tour’s end comes just weeks after the BBC indefinitely shut down Top Gear.

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The old Top Gear trio of Jeremy Clarkson , Richard Hammond, and James May will be hitting your screen as the hosts of The Grand Tour for the final time in 2024. The two final episodes have now been filmed, taking place in Mauritania and Zimbabwe, where the trio we've grown to love will close a chapter that's been three decades in the making.

“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," Clarkson told The Times .

Since The Grand Tour launched in 2016, after Clarkson was fired from Top Gear for punching a producer, it's gone through several changes. First, it was essentially a Top Gear recreation, with celebrity interviews and an in-studio live show. Then they tightened it up by ditching the celebrity stuff. Eventually, they ditched the live show altogether and just made feature-length specials. And while none of The Grand Tour's iterations managed to capture the magic of Top Gear at its best , it was still one of the most watched shows on Amazon Prime . Millions of people tuned in to watch the automotive equivalent of the Three Stooges (and I mean that as a grand compliment).

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All three hosts have their own projects to pursue outside of The Grand Tour anyway. Clarkson has his farm show and May has a travel show, both of which are also on Amazon Prime , while Hammond still does a lot of work for DriveTribe , while also presenting other TV programs. So they'll still be around, even though The Grand Tour won't be.

This news also comes just a couple of weeks after the BBC decided to indefinitely shut down Top Gear . After host Freddie Flintoff's accident during filming and the subsequent settlement, the BBC decided against renewing the show. Clarkson doesn't blame the most recent trio of Top Gear hosts for not wanting to return, either, specifically Flintoff.

"Richard Hammond was always keen to get back to work [following a crash], whereas Freddie isn’t," Clarkson told The Sun . "I don’t blame him. I know what happened on that awful day and it was horrific."

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Clarkson even said that anyone who wants to take over in Flintoff's spot would come across as "heartless."

In a matter of weeks, the world learned that the two most entertaining car shows on TV are shutting down. We all knew this day was coming soon, as the original Top Gear gang are all either in their sixties or getting quite close, but it's still a little sad to see them go. Sure, their most recent work pales in comparison to the shows from their prime but, like most millennial car nerds, Clarkson, Hammond, and May made an indelible impression on me and the way I look at cars, and I'm sure I'm not alone on that one. Thanks for the memories, chaps.

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Clarkson, Hammond, and May quit "The Grand Tour" in 2024

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Filming of new episodes of " The Grand Tour ," Amazon Prime's car show presented by former "Top Gear" hosts Jeremy Clarkson, Richard Hammond, and James May, appears set to end shortly.

A day after multiple reports in the U.K. claimed the three hosts would wrap up filming following the completion of a final episode set in Zimbabwe, Clarkson took to social media on Thursday to confirm that there would be “no more Grand Tour” after 2024.

The news comes just a week after "Top Gear" was put on hiatus for the “foreseeable future” by its producer, the BBC, due in part to a crash that left current host Andrew Flintoff with multiple facial injuries.

There has been no official comment from Amazon on the future of "The Grand Tour," though it's possible the show could stay alive with new hosts, similar to the way "Top Gear" has, though Clarkson's social media post seems to indicate that the show is indeed ending.

Instagram post by Jeremy Clarkson on November 30, 2023

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It was first reported in January that "The Grand Tour," which is currently into its fifth season, was set to be axed after 2024 . That report came after Clarkson made scathing comments about Prince Harry and Meghan Markle, Duke and Duchess of Sussex, in a Dec. 16 article for The Sun, which the newspaper removed, leading to suggestions that Clarkson may be fired.

However, Clarkson won't cut ties with Amazon after quitting "The Grand Tour." In the same social media post, Clarkson said his standalone show on Amazon Prime, “Clarkson's Farm,” has been renewed for a fourth season, which will follow season three in 2024.

"The Grand Tour" proved to be a hit on Amazon Prime, which led to all three hosts getting standalone shows on the streaming service. May's “James May: Our Man in…” and Hammond's “The Great Escapists” are also set to continue filming.

"The Grand Tour" first appeared on Amazon Prime in 2016 but went on hiatus after 2021 due to difficulties in filming new episodes caused by pandemic-related travel restrictions. Amazon Prime originally snagged Clarkson for the show, together with Hammond and May, after Clarkson was fired by the BBC due to his 2015 attack on a fellow "Top Gear" staff member.

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Jeremy Clarkson confirms The Grand Tour is 'no more', & he’s ‘done’ reviewing cars

Jeremy Clarkson has announced that ‘The Grand Tour’ has officially come to an end.

There’s been some speculation that Clarkson and fellow geezers James May and Richard Hammond were exiting the show, and Clarkson has now confirmed their future with the Prime Video motoring show is indeed "no more".

"Been a busy day. No more Grand Tour after next year but a LOT more Clarkson's Farm," the 63-year-old captioned a sunset photo posted to his Instagram last week. "Which, this evening, is looking extremely lovely."

Clarkson also confirmed the trio's exit in an interview with The Times.

"We're done," he told the newspaper. "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’s not yet known whether the iconic trio will appear on screen together again, but our fingers are certainly crossed, because those blokes know how to make some great TV. 

Clarkson, Hammond and May hosted the BBC show Top Gear together from 2003 to 2015. When Clarkson was dismissed after punching a producer on set, May and Hammond also left, with all three moving to Prime Video in 2016 to film The Grand Tour.

Fans are pretty guttered about the news, one fan commented, "The end of Clarkson, Hammond and May in whatever it’s called is a sad day. Thank you for everything you did for petrol heads. And now farmheads!"

While another suggested, "Please start a podcast with the three of you, it can just be called the news and you rant for an hour about cars."

The good news is, we still have some Grand Tour specials yet to come out. The next Grand Tour special, filmed in Mauritania, will launch in February 2024, followed by the trio's final outing in Zimbabwe.

BBC executives recently announced they were resting Top Gear for the foreseeable future after host Andrew 'Freddie' Flintoff was injured during filming last year.

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Jeremy clarkson reveals why the grand tour is ending.

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Back in November last year, we heard that The Grand Tour would be coming to an end after a further two specials are released this year, bringing the show to a close after nearly eight years, and wrapping up over 20 years of car TV fronted by Jeremy Clarkson , James May and Richard Hammond .

Now, in an interview with The Times, Clarkson has revealed more about his decision to wind things up, saying that filming the show is “immensely physical… when you’re unfit and fat and old, which I am.”

In 2019, the show ditched the episodic studio format it had run with for the first three seasons to concentrate on producing feature-length ‘specials’ involving epic journeys in the style of the old Top Gear specials. With these, the show has visited exotic and far-flung places such as the Mekong Delta, Madagascar, the Arctic Circle and, erm… Scotland.

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The upcoming final episodes have been filmed in the African nations of Mauritania and Zimbabwe, respectively, and will both stream at some point in 2024. Clarkson, 63, mentions camping in the Sahara Desert in Mauritania as being particularly brutal: “If you’re Bear Grylls you got to a hotel - there aren’t any hotels in the Sahara.”

He also says that the show is effectively running out of fresh ideas: “I’ve driven cars higher than anyone else and further north than anyone else. We’ve done everything you can do with a car.”

As well as shedding some light on his childhood and how he takes a certain amount of delight in causing controversy, Clarkson throws in his two cents on electric cars and the future of automotive broadcasting: “James May thinks there’s never been a more interesting time for how we move around… but I don’t think it’s very good television. An electric car is no different from a chest freezer or a microwave oven. There’s no glamour or excitement… I think it suits the written media more.”

Clarkson's Farm

Of course, the end of The Grand Tour doesn’t quite mean the end of Clarkson, Hammond and May on TV, as each is continuing with their solo projects. A third series of Clarkson’s Farm is on the way, and he confirms he’s about to start shooting the fourth. May, meanwhile, is continuing with his Our Man In… travel series. There are of course, still those two final specials to look forward to.

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The Grand Tour is one of the most popular car shows on television, featuring three of the world’s most famous car enthusiasts, Jeremy Clarkson , Richard Hammond, and James May . The show has been on hiatus for some time, but last year they filmed the next episode in Eastern Europe. In this article, we will discuss the release date, story, and cars featured in the Grand Tour Season 5 Special, which is set in Eastern Europe.

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Is The Grand Tour cancelled?

While it’s been confirmed by the presenters that the show isn’t cancelled, The Grand Tour may be taking an extended break until 2024 . This update comes from a source closely connected to the show which recently shared this news.

Since the show’s transition from a tent and live audience format to more elaborate and highly produced road trip episodes, The Grand Tour has been releasing special episodes sporadically over the past few years. However, recent reports suggest that fans of the show may have to wait even longer than expected for new episodes to be released.

Jeremy Clarkson, Richard Hammond, and James May were in the process of filming a new episode in Europe during mid-2022. However, with episodes being reportedly pushed back until 2024, fans of the show will have to exercise patience and wait for new content.

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Next Episode Release Date

Because the next episode is on a reported hiatus, we have no idea when it will be released.

This is a shame, as just after filming the Eastern European Special, Jeremy Clarkson was involved in an interview where he talked about what they’d been doing in the European countries, as well as when it could reach Prime Video.

“Well, we came in through the mountains from Hungary, so it’s just straight away very pretty. And then it stays very pretty to here. So it’s just very pretty,” he said. “Well, this is, it is actually the finish point for a long – about a 2,200 kilometer drive from Gdansk at the top of Poland. All the way down to Krakow, Czech Republic, Slovakia, Hungary, and then here.”

He was further asked how long it would be before its release:

“A very long time. Is it six months, perhaps? Six months,” he tells the interviewer.

Unfortunately, if this was true, the episode would already have already been released to Prime Video, so we’re thinking he may have misspoken here.

Eastern Europe

The Grand Tour Season 5 Special will take place in Eastern Europe, a region that is known for its stunning scenery and fascinating culture. The episode will feature the hosts driving through several countries in the region, including Hungary, Slovakia, and Poland. The team has promised that the episode will be filled with exciting challenges, stunning locations, and of course, plenty of car-related shenanigans.

In the Summer of 2022, The Grand Tour team returned from Europe after a long stint of filming. Travelling from Poland to Slovenia, the trio drove 2,000km to bring us what looks to be the best episode so far.

Arriving in Gdansk

Clarkson, Hammond, and May leave Oxford International Airport on June 19th on a private jet. They  landed in Gdansk , Poland soon after, where their journey began.

Here, they joined their three cars, a Chevrolet SSR, a Crosley Convertible, and a Mitsuoka Le-Seyde which they took to Długia Street. According to Google Maps, this is completely pedestrianised, but according to local reports, the filming was done under secrecy with not even the local law enforcement knowing about the team and their plans.

This area is one of the most popular tourist destinations in the city leading from the Golden Gate to Długi Targ square. It looks like the trio drove the length of this, as well as around the post-shipyard areas, the port, and Westerplatte.

This is where our assumptions begin. Gdansk is home to where the first gunshots of World War II were shot, and this theme continues to a few of the locations the team travels to later in the week of filming.

Before they left the city, a hot rod based on a 1959 Ford Popular was also spotted. This will become more prevalent later on.

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Did The Grand Tour Travel to Ukraine?

It was a couple of days into filming when fans started wondering if The Grand Tour was heading to Ukraine. As we know, Jeremy has been very passionate about supporting the people of Ukraine since the war with Russia started, so at this point, it wasn’t such a stretch, especially when Jeremy showed his support of driving armoured vehicles into the country on Twitter.

As we now know, the team didn’t make it to Ukraine. Instead, they travelled South-West.

Zielona Gora – The Grand Tour Visits Vineyards

We followed the trio as they travelled to Zielona Gora, a city in the Lubusz province of the country. It’s known for its endless vineyards so it wouldn’t be a surprise if we see Clarkson, Hammond and May tasting some wine at this point of the episode.

It also has connections to WWII, with it being reported that 30% of the city had been damaged by the Germans.

Richard Hammond Crashes At Tor Poznań Racetrack

Continuing West, the trio were spotted at a racetrack. I did some investigation work and figures out that this was the  Tor Poznań  racetrack in the city of Poznan. The track almost became part of the F1 calendar in the ’80s thanks to its connection to Polish F1 driver Robert Kubica, but this never came to fruition.

This didn’t stop Clarkson, Hammond and May from driving some open-wheeled race cars around the track. As you heard,  Richard Hammond lived up to his antics and crashed into a barrier . He was unhurt but the car sustained a little front-end damage. According to our sources, this was caused by the engine seizing. Hammond was seen next to the wreck in a racing suit with May standing next to him looking a bit disappointed in his fellow presenter.

Judging from a photo of Jeremy with a stopwatch hanging around his neck, it looks like they were doing timed laps here.

James May Breaks Down

As the trio headed from Poznan to Lower Silesia, Hammond’s bad luck was passed to  James May as his Crosley broke down . We don’t know what happened to the car, but it was pushed onto the back of a trailer as May waited for a replacement.

What was that replacement? The hot rod, of course.

The Grand Tour Visits a German Concentration Camp

Next stop:  Jeremy posted a photo  to his Instagram account of Stalag Luft 3, a German concentration camp in the town of Sagan, Lower Silesia. This continues the WWII theme and should act as a sobering moment in the episode. Around this time the team also visited Krakow.

Leaving The Country and Entering Slovakia

After a brief drive through Czechia, the trio was seen driving through Slovakia, the country where there are the most cars produced per capita. Here they visited Patak Motors who showed the presenters their car, the Roadster.

Jeremy Clarkson Drives The Skoda 1100 OHC Spider

Still in Slovakia, Jeremy gets into the driver’s seat of a  Skoda 1100 OHC Spider , which he describes as “absolutely fantastic”, at Piešťany Airport. At the same time,  James May was spotted driving the KleinVision AirCar .

The Road To The Finale

The trio continue their travels through Bratislava where they go cycling by the Danube River before continuing to Hungary, and eventually Slovenia.

Slovenia, The Final Destination Of The Grand Tour European Special

Here, Clarkson and Hammond were spotted on Lake Bled without May in the northwest of Slovenia in the Julian Alps. Again, we don’t quite know what they were doing, but they were seen rowing a boat onto the lake before Hammond stood up, rocking the boat.

Despite this being an incredibly popular area for tourists, barely any footage from around the area was taken which is a shame.

The Cars of the next Grand Tour Special

Jeremy clarkson – mitsuoka le-seyde.

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Based on a Nissan Silvia S13, this sports car is made to resemble a Zimmer Golden Spirit. under the body panels it retains a lot of the same running gear as the iconic Japanese sports car, but as these cars are so tunable, it wouldn’t be a surprise to find out it’s been modified in some way.

In an off-white, it’s definitely the most identifiable of the three cars used in the upcoming episode.

Richard Hammond – Chevrolet SSR

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The Chevrolet SSR is very, very cool. Standing for Super Sport Roadster, the SSR is powered by either a 300 horsepower or 380 horsepower V8 depending on the year. The year of this exact car I can’t figure out, but it’s safe to say these things were negatively reviewed when they were revealed. But its retro shape has kind of stood the test of time and I’m really excited to hear what the show’s resident American thinks of this interesting but impractical car.

James May – Crosley Convertible

The Crosley Convertible is yet another car from America which tried to capitalise on the lack of cars available after the war. The owner of Crosley, Powel Crosley, Jr., actually made his money from refrigerators and radios before WW2, but 1946 brought this horrible thing. Creating just 26 and a half horsepower from its 725cc engine, this slab-sided vehicle likely won’t be fast enough to stay in front of the camera for too long.

Although this might actually be a good thing if you know the mess James got into the last episode …

We spotted this car broken down later in the process of filming, so it will be interesting to see if it makes it.

Backup Car – 1959 Ford Popular

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A hot rod, based on a 1959 Ford Popular , can be seen from photos of The Grand Tour trio taken during filming. Painted in a pearlescent blue with writing down the side, this car is certainly a standout part of the episode. And after May breaks down , he can be seen driving it later during filming.

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The 110 OHC Spider, or “Red Racer”, was released in 1956. The idea for the car was only imagined a number of months before this, but Skoda was quickly able to spin up production to produce this sleek, low-slung, high-performance car.

And that it was, despite wielding only a 1.1-litre four-cylinder engine producing 85 horsepower, it could reach 124mph at full chat. This was a lot of power at the time and the reason? High-octane aviation fuel. Who knew Skoda used to be so cool?

Jeremy takes this for a spin , but we’re unsure exactly where.

James May Flies The AirCar

Similarly to an old Top Gear episode, James May has apparently taken to the air in the AirCar, a car that’s capable of flight.

Powered by a 1.6-litre BMW engine, the AirCar has been issued a certificate of airworthiness by Slovakia’s Transport Authority. the Slovakian company achieved its first intercity flight in June 2021 where it hit speeds of 170 kilometres per hour (105 mph) over a distance of 1,000km. Once on the land, a single press of a button transforms it into a car.

KleinVision, the makers of AirCar, said the following:

“Based on the fact that the aircraft met the conditions of national regulations set for individually manufactured aircraft and the required level of safety was demonstrated, the Slovak Transport Authority (STA) has issued a special certificate of airworthiness. “After obtaining the type certificate, it can manufacture the aircraft commercially.”

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Jeremy Clarkson has addressed the news of his Grand Tour exit while also providing an update on his other Amazon Prime Video venture, Clarkson’s Farm.

News emerged on Wednesday (29 November) that Clarkson and his two longtime co-presenters Richard Hammond and James May were leaving The Grand Tour after the release of their final special next year.

The series sees the three hosts travel to far-flung places to complete automobile-related challenges.

On Instagram Thursday, Clarkson shared a photo of a sunset from his Gloucestershire farm on Instagram alongside the caption: “Been a busy day. No more Grand Tour after next year but a LOT more Clarkson’s Farm . Which, this evening, is looking extremely lovely.”

The former Top Gear host had posted a teaser for the third season of his farming series on Instagram a day earlier.

The popular show follows Clarkson as he attempts to make his farm in the Cotswolds profitable. The first two series are available to stream on Prime Video.

Clarkson, Hammond and May hosted the BBC’s flagship car show Top Gear together from 2002 to 2015. When Clarkson was dismissed after attacking a producer on the set of the show, May and Hammond also left, with all three moving to Prime Video in 2016 to film The Grand Tour .

The trio have just returned from filming in Zimbabwe , which will be their last outing with the series. The next Grand Tour special is set in Mauritania and will launch in February 2024.

The Independent understands that the hit series will not necessarily end with the current hosts’ departure and that other options, including new presenters, are being explored.

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After the original trio’s exit, Top Gear continued with new hosts, including Chris Evans, Matt Le Blanc, and, as of 2019, it’s been hosted by Chris Harris, Andrew Flintoff and Paddy McGuinness .

However, the show was axed last week after Flintoff was involved in a car crash while filming last December.

The former cricketer and TV host, 45, was airlifted to hospital after his open-topped three-wheel Morgan Super 3 flipped over and slid along the track when he was driving at a high speed.

He suffered a broken rib, as well as facial and jaw injuries as a result of the accident. Last month, it was reported that Flintoff had agreed a financial settlement with the BBC worth £9m.

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The Grand Tour may be coming to an end but Jeremy Clarkson , Richard Hammond and James May have a few challenges ahead of them.

The trio, who first hit our screens together in 2003 on Top Gear , announced in November that their Amazon Prime series The Grand Tour was coming to an end.

Their final two specials, filmed in Mauritania and in Zimbabwe, will air later this year, with the first launching on February 16.

But hopefully, they’ll be going out without a bang.

Clarkson, May and Hammond reunite in Mauritania to follow in the footsteps of the legendary Paris-Dakar rally.

But instead of bespoke Dakar racers, they’ll be completing their journey in cheap modified sports cars.

Their journey begins with the world’s longest train and sees them tackle the killer Sahara and perilous river crossings whilst protecting their precious fuel bowser from exploding.

The Grand Tour: Sand Job, Jeremy Clarkson, James May and Richard Hammond

As if that wasn’t challenging enough, they’ll be battling scorching temperatures and unforgiving sand terrain on the way.

A first look at their West African journey, titled The Grand Tour: Sand Job, has also dropped, which sees the trio taking on the challenges.

According to MailOnline, Clarkson opts for a Jaguar V6, Hammond takes on an Aston Martin Volante V12 and May goes for a Maserati all deliver along the country’s only railway line.

It’s also said they not only are up against the natural forces, but also extract themselves from a minefield.

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This comes after Clarkson admitted he’s too ‘unfit and fat and old’ for filming some parts of the programme, which has run from 2016.

The Who Wants To Be A Millionaire? host said: ‘I’ve driven cars higher than anyone else and further north than anyone else.

‘We’ve done everything you can do with a car.

‘When we had meetings about what to do next, people just threw their arms in the air.’

He continued to  The Times  that the show ‘is immensely physical and when you’re unfit and fat and old, which I am,’ making some parts like camping, a stretch.

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Addressing any rumours about feuds with his co-stars, he added: ‘We’ve spent more time in each other’s company than our families’ over the last 25 years so I don’t think it would have lasted as long as it did if we’d hated each other as much as James likes to think.’

‘They do as they’re told,’ he added.

Clarkson’s comments echo May saying  he thinks the time is right for a brand new motoring show  to take the place of Top Gear and The Grand Tour, because the trio are ‘too old’.

Late last year, the  BBC  officially made the decision to  ‘rest’ Top Gear for the ‘foreseeable future’ , after Freddie Flintoff’s horror crash in December 2022.

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‘If you wanted to make a serious, slightly more consumerish car show there’s never been a better time for it because it’s a very interesting topic,’ James told The Sun.

‘What is going to happen to the car, car ownership, attitudes to the car, how we use it, dispose of it, how we power it?

‘It’s all interesting stuff, it’s the most interesting time in the car’s history since it was invented. So I can’t believe somewhere or other, a slightly more modern car show won’t emerge.

‘But we can’t do it as we’re too old.’

The Grand Tour is available to watch on Prime Video , with a new special launching on Friday, February 16 .

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When the news came out in December that “ The Grand Tour ” — Jeremy Clarkson , James May and Richard Hammond’s post-“Top Gear” automotive series — would be coming to an end , fans were left wondering why.

But, in a new interview with The Times , Clarkson has delivered a cheeky yet straightforward answer: it’s because he’s “unfit and fat and old.”

Clarkson told The Times that the show “is immensely physical, and when you’re unfit and fat and old, which I am…” He also feels the trio has done just about “everything you can do with a car.”

There are still two more specials of “The Grand Tour,” one set to premiere next month and another which filmed in Zimbabwe and will launch later this year. Options to continue the series with different hosts are being explored but have not yet been greenlit, sources told Variety in December.

“James May thinks there’s never been a more interesting time for how we move around and he’s probably right, but I don’t think it’s very interesting television,” Clarkson continued. “An electric car is no different from a chest freezer or a microwave oven. There’s no glamour or excitement. This week on ‘Top Chest Freezer’! I think it suits the written media more.”

In addition to continuing his car review column for the Sunday Times and his popular Amazon show “Clarkson’s Farm,” the presenter is hosting a new series of “Who Wants to Be a Millionaire?,” which premieres Jan. 28 on ITV1.

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Jeremy Clarkson confirms he's left The Grand Tour

Jeremy Clarkson confirms he's left The Grand Tour

Jeremy Clarkson has confirmed he has left his presenter role on Amazon Prime Video series The Grand Tour .

The motoring trio of Clarkson , Richard Hammond and James May are reportedly set to leave the show after having filmed five series' for Prime.

A TV insider said to The Sun yesterday (29 November): “It’s a surprising decision and everyone realises it very much marks the end of an era for the three presenters.

“ The Grand Tour is one of Prime Video’s most watched shows and Jeremy, James and Richard have a devoted following.

"But the guys have made no bones about the fact they’re all advancing in years and they have lots of other projects to pursue.

“They just felt like the time was right and wanted to go out on a high when the show remained popular.”

Amazon Prime Video are yet to confirm that the show is coming to an end.

Clarkson, Hammond and May while filming for the Amazon series. Credit: Amazon Prime Video

Taking to social media on Thursday (30 November), Clarkson confirmed that he has left the series.

"Been a busy day," he wrote alongside a photo of a sunset.

"No more Grand Tour after next year but a LOT more Clarkson’s Farm .

"Which, this evening, is looking extremely lovely."

The three presenters - who previously starred on the BBC’s Top Gear together for more than a decade - have just returned from Zimbabwe after completing their final special.

Clarkson posted on X, formerly Twitter, thanking the Zimbabwean people.

He said: “My profound thanks to the people and government of Zimbabwe for helping to make a very special Grand Tour special, very special. We absolutely adored everything about your country. Apart from the potholes maybe.”

The Grand Tour began in 2016. Credit: Amazon Prime Video

Amazon Prime said they had ‘no official comment’ on the presenters leaving, but added that ‘options are being explored’ for the show’s future.

An Amazon spokesperson said: “Jeremy, Richard and James have just returned from shooting in Zimbabwe, this final special with the trio is heading into the edit and will launch at a later date next year.

“The next The Grand Tour special set in Mauritania will launch in February 2024. Options are being explored for the future of a new The Grand Tour, it’s yet to go through greenlight.”

It follows the news last week that Top Gear was being rested for the 'foreseeable future' by the BBC, after former England cricketer Andrew Flintoff was involved in a serious accident during filming at the Top Gear test track in Dunsfold, Surrey.

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The Grand Tour's James May clarifies cancellation rumours

"No one has told us to go away."

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May and his two co-hosts are coming to the end of their current contracts with Prime Video , which saw them switch to making one-off specials rather than traditional series of the motoring show.

Recently, there have been rumblings that the streaming giant has decided not to make more of The Grand Tour or spin-off show Clarkson's Farm beyond the end of their contracts in 2024.

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May has responded in a chat with Radio Times , where he explained the trio "didn't really have any particular plans to keep going" beyond their current deal anyway.

"We're all really just getting a bit old. It might be time to let someone else have a crack at it," he said.

The presenter quickly clarified that even if The Grand Tour goes away, he could continue making his spin-off James May: Our Man in… — and indeed will return to the show in 2024 for a series set in India.

"It doesn't mean we're going to stop making TV. We might still make our individual things farming or science or mending cars or whatever it is we get up to," he said.

"But I don't know, to be honest. No one has told us to go away. It's reaching its natural end, like parties do. There comes a point at 4am when it is over."

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The presenter also has a culinary show on Prime Video called James May: Oh Cook , where he learns to prepare some of his favourite foods from around the world. The second series premiered last month, featuring topics such as 'French Classics' and '70s Dinner Party'.

The Grand Tour is available to stream in both the US and UK on Prime Video .

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We've just watched them get up to mishaps and mischief in the latest episode of their show The Grand Tour .

So after our latest fix of Jeremy Clarkson , Richard Hammond and James May in Eurocrash - which saw them complete a 1400-mile road trip through central Europe, from Gdańsk in Poland through Slovakia, Hungary and Slovenia - we can't wait to see what the gang gets up to next time.

The car fanatics, who have worked together since their Top Gear days 20 years ago, have confirmed that they have already filmed the next episode of series 5 of their hit Amazon Prime Video show.

But what do we know about the new part of The Grand Tour, and when can we expect to watch the episode?

Read on to find out everything we know so far.

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While the next instalment is yet to be announced, Jeremy Clarkson has confirmed the show is now in production. Clarkson posted a photo of him Richard Hammond and James May to his Instagram , captioning the post: "Good to be back."

What we do know is, as with all series of The Grand Tour, the episodes will be available to view on Amazon Prime Video.

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The trio have previously filmed in far-flung locations such as Colombia, Vietnam and Switzerland - and next time will be no different.

The newest instalment will see the trio head back to Africa, as they have this time filmed the show in Mauritiana, a country in the Northwest of the continent.

In a recent interview , Clarkson promised he and his co-stars would be on "slightly scary ground".

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"We're doing things that we used to do when we were in our 30s and 40s," he explained. "But now we're in our 50s and 60s, so I'm slightly nervous about the next two.

"Let's just say we're going back to Africa, and this one's a hard one. It's hard if you're young and fit, but I'm really not fit. I'm very fat. And I'm 63 now."

The trio were last on our screens back in June with a special episode. Clarkson, Hammond and May took a 1,400 mile journey from Gdansk in Poland, through Slovakia, Hungary and Slovenia.

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Jeremy Clarkson calls it quits on 'The Grand Tour', cites age and lack of Ideas

Old age is no celebration.

T here are many reasons for the breakup of legendary bands or celebrated TV shows - most often, when the cause is unknown, fingers are usually pointed at financial issues.

The announcement of "The Grand Tour's" end in November spurred many conspiracy theories regarding the conclusion of the partnership.

The most prevalent speculation was a conflict with the new employer, triggered by Clarkson's controversial column in "The Sun," where he boldly voiced his dislike for Meghan Markle.

"The recordings for 'The Grand Tour' were physically demanding and have become increasingly challenging as I aged, gained weight, and grew older. I've driven cars at higher altitudes and further north than anyone else. We've done everything conceivable with a car. When we gathered to brainstorm ideas for new episodes, people desolately raised their hands in defeat," Clarkson explained.

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The "Grand Tour" series premiered in 2016, following the departure of Clarkson, Richard Hammond, and James May from the Top Gear show on the BBC.

Two more episodes remain before the conclusion of the trio's glorious two-decade-long journey. These final episodes are set to be available to Amazon Prime subscribers later this year. The second to last episode documenting their Sahara journey in modified convertibles is expected to be released in February. The grand finale of the "Grand Tour" series, marking the end of an era for car enthusiasts, will also be set in Africa - specifically in Zimbabwe, where they will operate classic 70s cars.

The termination of The Grand Tour does not mean that Clarkson will disappear from the media. The popular presenter continues hosting the UK edition of "Who Wants to Be a Millionaire" and has also announced another season of his show "Clarkson's Farm."

"Today was eventful. The Grand Tour ended after another year, but there is MUCH more to come with 'Clarkson's Farm,' which looks incredibly beautiful this evening," he wrote on Instagram in November.

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Jeremy Clarkson addresses future of The Grand Tour as he confirms end of Amazon Prime show

The Grand Tour on Amazon Prime will film no more series, with TV presenter Jeremy Clarkson confirming to fans that there would be no more of the car show after next year

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TV presenter Jeremy Clarkson has spoken out over the future of The Grand Tour, which he presents alongside Richard Hammond and James May .

The series on Amazon Prime began in 2016 and has quickly become a fan favourite, yet it's been announced that the series will film no more series after a decision was made by the streaming platform's bosses. The series host Jeremy Clarkson has now addressed the future of the show, as he told fans that there would be no more after next year.

Writing on Instagram , Clarkson said: "Been a busy day. No more Grand Tour after next year but a LOT more Clarkson’s Farm. Which, this evening, is looking extremely lovely." The post was then flooded with comments from fans as they shared their dismay at the car series ending.

One fan begged: "Please start a podcast with the three of you, it can just be called the news and you rant for an hour about cars." Another added: "The end of Clarkson, Hammond and May in whatever it’s called is a sad day. Thank you for everything you did for petrolheads. And now farmheads!" A third wrote: "Been one hell of a run sir. Thank you for the laughs."

One fan praised the trio as they commented: "It’s really nice coming to the comments and seeing how these 3 impacted the lives of so many. These lads got me through countless dark times with laughter and endless banter. We all knew the day was coming, and the truest of fans will wish you, Hammond, May, and indeed all of the crew that made the magic happen the absolute best in the next stage. Thank you for inspiring countless enthusiasts around the world."

Despite Clarkson's comment, it's thought Amazon Prime could continue The Grand Tour in the future. It's thought the streaming site will 'bring in new hosts' to take over from Clarkson, Hammond and May if the show is brought back in the future, something the presenters are reportedly 'happy with'. An insider explained: "It's a surprising decision and everyone realises it very much marks the end of an era for the three presenters."

"The Grand Tour is one of Prime Video’s most watched shows and Jeremy, James and Richard have a devoted following. But the guys have made no bones about the fact they're all advancing in years and they have lots of other projects to pursue," the source told The Sun. "They just felt like the time was right and wanted to go out on a high when the show remained popular."

There's still two more instalments of The Grand Tour to come before the trio's reported departure with two specials seeing them travel to Mauritania and Zimbabwe. They presented Top Gear together until 2015 after a disagreement with producers.

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Late last year, Jeremy Clarkson, the presenter of The Grand Tour, announced that there would be no more new episodes of the show, essentially marking its end. Now, in an interview with The Times, he has disclosed the exact reasons behind this decision.

According to Clarkson, The Grand Tour missions are “immensely physical,” which makes them very challenging “when you’re unfit and fat and old, which I am.” “If you’re Bear Grylls, you go to a hotel — there aren’t any hotels in the Sahara desert,” Clarkson added.

While camping out in the Sahara desert is no easy feat, that’s not the only reason for the show to come to an end.

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“I’ve driven cars higher than anyone else and further north than anyone else,” Clarkson told The Times , for which he writes a column. “We’ve done everything you can do with a car. When we had meetings about what to do next, people just threw their arms in the air.”

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 Jeremy Clarkson Says He’s Too “Unfit, Fat And Old” To Keep The Grand Tour Going

It appears that, in addition to the demanding nature of the work, Clarkson felt that the show was losing its appeal. He mentioned that the concept of automotive television held less interest for him as well.

“ James May thinks there’s never been a more interesting time for how we move around, and he’s probably right, but I don’t think it’s very interesting television,” Clarkson said. “An electric car is no different from a chest freezer or a microwave oven. There’s no glamour or excitement. This week on Top Chest Freezer! I think it suits the written media more.”

Besides, there are numerous other opportunities for television viewers to watch him. He currently hosts the U.K.’s version of Who Wants to be a Millionaire? , and the fourth season of his Amazon show, Clarkson’s Farm , is about to begin filming.

On top of filming the show, he also has to run the farm and a brewery, and he writes three columns a week. Clarkson says that he has plenty on his plate, even without The Grand Tour .

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Rumours of a potential No Doubt reunion tour have begun to swirl after the announcement of their Coachella 2024 reunion performance.

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Lead singer Gwen Stefani began teasing a reunion in December 2022 ; at the time, the band had been inactive since 2015. “We haven’t really talked about doing anything, but it feels like everyone is, right?” she said. “All the ’90s people — Blink-182 did an eight-month tour that sold out in like five minutes.” Two years later, it was revealed the band would team up again to play at Coachella 2024,

Now, hopes for a No Doubt world tour have been sparked. However, according to  Billboard , a source close to Stefani has said “not to expect a major No Doubt tour.”

According to the source, a potential world tour would clash with Stefani’s own plans to promote her upcoming solo music. The record is expected to be released this summer.

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No Doubt’s last album, ‘Push and Shove’, was released in 2012. Meanwhile, Stefani dropped her most recent studio effort, ‘This Is What the Truth Feels Like’, in 2016. In our three-star review , we said of the album: “Twenty-one years later and her second journey into splitsville is an altogether glossier and more redemptive affair. Stefani – who’s now happily dating country singer Blake Shelton – channels her heartache into soaring studio pop.”

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