Could the end of the road be in sight for Clarkson, Hammond and May - again?
Almost three years after the trio left Top Gear and the BBC in the wake of ‘steakgate’ - when Jeremy Clarkson punched producer Oisin Tymon in a row over food - there are rumours abounding that their replacement show The Grand Tour is going to be axed by Amazon.
The Mail on Sunday claimed that the show will be axed by the streaming giant at the end of its third series, which is currently being filmed and is due to go out later in 2018.
The trio signed a contract to produce 36 episodes of the show and, currently, 24 of them have gone out, with the final episode of Season 2 premiering on Amazon only last month.
Despite the fact that the show is believed to have done well - being made available in more than 190 countries and apparently bringing in £100 million since it began in 2015, The Mail on Sunday reported that it might be getting canned.
A ‘source close to the show’ told the paper: “There is nothing to suggest they are going to do another [series of The Grand Tour]. No one has signed anything and employees are wondering where everyone will go once filming wraps.”
Of course, while nothing has been signed, the show is only two-thirds of its way through its initial commission, so you’d think it was still fairly early days.
One person who agreed with that rather less sensationalist reading of events was Jeremy Clarkson, who tweeted: “So sad to hear Geordie Gregg is about to be fired as editor of the Mail on Sunday. I always rather liked him.”
So sad to hear Geordie Gregg is about to be fired as editor of the Mail on Sunday. I always rather liked him.— Jeremy Clarkson (@JeremyClarkson) March 11, 2018
“Sorry Geordie. I may have published something which is horse shit. Annoying, isn’t it.”
Sorry Geordie. I may have published something which is horse shit. Annoying, isn't it.— Jeremy Clarkson (@JeremyClarkson) March 11, 2018
Andy Wilman, who produces the show alongside Clarkson, Hammond and May also ‘revealed’ that the team are “focusing on series three at the moment”.
Of course, even if The Grand Tour is allowed to finish at the end of its run, Clarkson will still be a busy bunny: he was, of course, recently announced as the host of seven new episodes of Who Wants to be a Millionaire? which are being filmed to celebrate its 20th anniversary.
He said last week: “I have always loved the show and am thrilled to be involved with its rebirth. I’m a big fan of quiz shows and I’m looking forward to hosting this iconic TV show and hopefully making a few millionaires!”
In the meantime, here are the best bits from Season 2 of The Grand Tour: