With both The Grand Tour and Top Gear releasing special episodes over the Christmas period, it’s opened up conversations of comparison. This is a subject for another time, but it has pushed co-presenter Richard Hammond to break his silence on the new Top Gear.
The Radio Times was first to ask about how he felt about the new Top Gear with Chris Harris, Freddy Flintoff, and Paddy McGuinness at the helm. He was surprisingly complimentary of their “good chemistry”.
“I didn’t get to see it because I was travelling the whole time the series was on.
“I gather it was well received and they’re getting into their stride, which is fantastic news.
“It sounds like they have a good chemistry. Ours took 20 years to get.”
course, this is quite a diplomatic answer, sitting in between Clarkson, who is adamant that he won’t watch another episode of Top Gear since he left, and James May, who has watched all of them.
He told Digital Spy: “Yeah. I’ve been watching it quite regularly since we stopped.
“It’s quite nice to watch Top Gear when you’re not on it, which I haven’t been able to do for, you know, 13 years or whatever.”
He added: “I think, well, it was a bit of a shaky start, if we’re honest.
“It took them a while to work out how to do it. But I think they’re doing a fairly good job now. It’s almost as good as ours.
“Occasionally, it feels a bit forced.”
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