“How is The Grand Tour going? Obviously there’s a pandemic and you do so much travelling with the show, how has it been going for you?” he inquired.
Hammond answers with the obvious answer we’ve heard many times before:
“Well the issue is summed up in the tour bit of the name. It’s a problem. It’s not easy.
“It’s weird, I’ve been living out of a suitcase for 25 years and now the suitcase has stayed under the bed for like a year. It’s weird.”
“So what will happen then? Will you come closer to home?” Simon Ripper asked.
The ex-Top Gear presenter refers to the filming they did in Scotland late last year:
“Well we have actually managed to record one last year,” he explains. “We did to it closer to home and we will do it closer to home again this year.
“We’ll get something done, of course we will. It’s all we can do.”
But what are him, Jeremy Clarkson, and James May doing between shooting, the hosts start asking?
“What are you doing? Are you having to do Zoom meetings with the other guys, and how is that going?”
“Yeah it’s brilliant because it’s not like there’s many egos in the room so not like we’re talking over each other or anything,” Hammond jokes sarcastically, implying that things are difficult when the three, four if you include executive producer Andy Wilman, get together on a video call.
“We’re very good at sitting back and waiting and taking our turn to have a conversation,” he continues to joke, adding that Tim and Simon should join them in a meeting to see what it’s really like to work with such a team.
Obviously things are slow for Clarkson, Hammond and May, with the UK lockdown halting any form of production and travel. Thankfully, the team recorded a full episode in Scotland last year which now needs to be edited for a 2021 release.
But if that’s not enough to scratch your Grand Tour itch, you can watch Richard Hammond as he joins Tory Belleci on The Great Escapists, where they fight or survival on a desert island. With only a place wreckage to pick from, they build themselves a luxury island and the means to seek help.