It might be one of the most well-known nicknames ever given to a television presenter, but it turns out that Richard Hammond is not a huge fan of the name “Hamster.” In fact, he has a name that he would rather be called.
The name “Hamster” was something that I always assumed originated from Top Gear, but according to Hammond himself, it was a name given to him by BBC motoring expert Zog Ziegler. It was created because of his surname “Hammond” and because of his height.
“My nickname, the Hamster, I owe to a man called Zog Ziegler who, in terms of big breaks, I owe more than anybody else.”
However, Hammond mentioned that his first-born daughter Isabella was the original “Hamster” and that she should have the nickname:
“When we told him we were expecting our first child he clapped his hands together and said, ‘oh, a little hamster’, so, really, my daughter, Issy, was the first Hamster.”
So what would Hammond rather be called instead of the iconic “Hamster?”
“Still, I would rather my nickname was the Wolf, or the Hawk.”
Ok, whatever you say, Hammond.