When Jeremy, James, and Richard left Top Gear, it was a sad day for fans all over, but look a little closer and you may have noticed that there were already signs of something wrong before the end.
In an interview with Radio Times, James May admitted that he and his co-presenters “became lazy” while making Top Gear. The specific reasons given were regarding the number of shows per series versus The Grand Tour, and not necessarily the quality of content.
“We’d become lazy with Top Gear, doing six or seven shows a series. This (The Grand Tour) is 12 shows. It takes a year to make. We had more energy in the old days, because we were younger and less knackered…I’m amazed this has lasted as long as it has.”
In the same interview, May also made some comments regarding the longevity of The Grand Tour and any other future ventures: “We have to accept that fairly soon, we will be too old for it. Richard Hammond (46) is a reasonably fit bloke who looks after himself. Me and Jeremy (56) aren’t.
Jeremy is particularly decrepit and I find growing within me – I try to fight it for some reason, but I’m giving in to it – a much stronger, nesty sort of instinct. Within the next five years, I don’t want to be fart-arsing around.”
The Grand Tour will be on hand for the entire contracted 36 episodes (presumably three years), but beyond that, anything can happen. James is right; they’re not getting any younger, and while globe trotting hijinks makes for entertaining TV, perhaps soon it’s time to hang up the coat and call it a day.
Selfishly, I hope that day never comes.
SOURCE | Herald Scotland