Jeremy Clarkson makes feelings clear on Hammond and May friendship as trio mark milestone in new Grand Tour

Jeremy Clarkson makes feelings clear on Hammond and May friendship as trio mark milestone in new Grand Tour

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Alex Davies

By Alex Davies

Published: 06/02/2024

- 00:10

Updated: 08/02/2024

- 09:56

The legendary trio headed to Mauritania, Africa for the penultimate Grand Tour special

Jeremy Clarkson has spoken out once more about the friendship and dynamic between him and his The Grand Tour co-stars Richard Hammond and James May ahead of their next special.

The trio, who presented Top Gear on the BBC for over a decade before they left in 2015 and found a new home on Amazon, have endeared themselves to viewers over the years due to their on-screen chemistry, bickering and sly putdowns.

However, their true feelings off-screen have been thrust into the spotlight of late after May remarked that the trio's on-screen chemistry comes from a place of "mutual loathing".

Clarkson dismissed any suggestion he loathed May or Hammond in response to the comments and has now doubled down on his stance.

Speaking ahead of their upcoming special San Job, which premieres on February 16, Clarkson said of their time filming: "It was honestly hilarious.

"Hammond’s Aston (Martin) endlessly breaking down was very funny," Clarkson continued before he hit a serious note: "Listen, when we do these things, it is a laugh from start to finish.

Jeremy Clarkson

Jeremy Clarkson: The Grand Tour heads to Mauritania for its latest special


"We know what we're doing and we do enjoy one another's company. Otherwise, we wouldn't have been doing it for 25 years.

"It was tremendous. It was a big laugh," he added before revealing the trio managed to celebrate a milestone feat with Sand Job.

Clarkson revealed: "The fact it’s the longest special we've ever made testifies to how good it is because there’s very little you’d want to throw away. It’s all exciting, good stuff."

Meanwhile, May also had his say on the upcoming special after spending time filming in the scorching heat of Mauritania.

Jeremy Clarkson, James May and Richard Hammond

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


He said of the new special: "When we started the journey, I think we all wondered if it was going to be a little bit too difficult for the cars that we’d chosen.

"We do tend to be a bit optimistic, and we tend to push complications to one side and hope that somebody will deal with them. So I was quite pleased that it ended up being a good adventure.

"It's a very long special because there's a lot of material. We always tell ourselves we don't actually need to do 1,200 miles or whatever, because we have enough adventure in 200 miles to make a special.

"But we still go back and do 1,200 miles, because either we like it or we're a bit stupid."

Jeremy, James and Richard

The Grand Tour: Jeremy, James and Richard often clash on-screen


The trio left Grand Tour fans heartbroken last year when they announced they'd be leaving their roles behind them after the next two specials.

However, all three of their work diaries still remain relatively packed with other solo projects.

In particular, Clarkson will soon be back on screens for another series of Clarkson's Farm in May this year.

And filming is already underway on season four after Amazon green lit it for another run late last year.

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