The Grand Tour’s Richard Hammond insists he doesn’t ‘argue off camera’ with co-stars
The Grand Tour: Jeremy Clarkson stars in 'A Massive Hunt' trailer
TV motorists Richard Hammond, Jeremy Clarkson and James May are notorious for their on screen arguments on both Top Gear and their new series, The Grand Tour. There are plenty of harsh words to be found in their upcoming special on Amazon Prime Video, but Hammond claimed the squabbling stops when the cameras aren’t rolling when he spoke exclusively to Express.co.uk.
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Richard Hammond opened up about the experience shooting The Grand Tour’s new special, A Massive Hunt, with long-suffering co-hosts James May and Jeremy Clarkson.
Finally being released this month after months of coronavirus-related delays, the new episode features a thrilling treasure hunt across Madagascar.
To cross the island country’s treacherous roads, the three motor enthusiasts made use of heavily modified cars, with mixed results.
Hammond’s Ford Focus RS didn’t quite get the hang of the frequent bumps and potholes, while Jeremy Clarkson was remarkably comfortable in his tricked out Bentley Continental GT V8.
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Richard Hammond admitted: “Perhaps my installation of it wasn’t brilliant. And it was just that route asked too much of it.”
Meanwhile, James May’s Caterham 7 310R adapted surprisingly well, though his decision to leave the roof off proved misguided when some muddier sections left him soaked to the skin.
The gruelling gauntlet across the East African nation naturally led to some heated moments between the three presenters.
Clarkson and Hammond’s competitive sides came out at every turn, with the latter’s constant repairs meaning he was often hours behind his fellow drivers.
Plus, the pirate-inspired premise of the show was attacked by Jeremy Clarkson, who dismissed Hammond’s claims of pirate gold worth millions buried in Madagascar as ‘nonsense’.
Although The Grand Tour wouldn’t be the same without the trio’s quarrelsome presenting style, Richard Hammond assured Express.co.uk the arguments don’t continue behind the scenes.
When asked about off screen fights, he said: “No, ‘cause the bickering is part of the show.
“We’re asked so often, ‘what happens when the cameras aren’t rolling?’ They roll, and if something funny happens or there’s an argument or an accident, it goes in.”
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The three presenters have been working together since Top Gear debuted on the BBC in 2002, and have since perfected their on camera chemistry.
Despite their original motoring series shaking up the cast of presenters in 2015, car lovers still tune in to their new show on Amazon thanks to their clashing personalities and moments of unbridled chaos.
Their latest special, arriving on December 18, confirmed the three stars still know instinctively when to keep the cameras on to make sure their best moments make it into the final product.
Hammond continued: “It’s why there’s very few blooper reels for the show, because that is the show.”
“The only behind the scenes stuff is the business of making the show, and no one wants to watch that so much.”
Though their on screen demeanour may suggest otherwise, the presenters are still on good terms and only bicker when there’s good TV to be made.
Finally, Hammond added: “No, God no, we wouldn’t argue off camera because we’d roll the cameras and argue on camera. That’s what people want to see.”
Grand Tour fans are ecstatic to see the show return, and it’s hoped the wait for the next episode won’t be quite as long with promises of a new special being filmed closer to home.
The Grand Tour presents… A Massive Hunt will be released on Friday, December 18 on Amazon Prime Video.
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