Chis Harris of Top Gear roasts Jeremy Clarkson in a recent interview. The Top Gear presenter was boasting that the show has recently moved from BBC Two to BBC One, something that Jeremy, Richard Hammond, and James May failed to do. Harris said, “obviously we are toast because we’ve just been promoted to BBC One.” Firing back at the ever-critical Jeremy Clarkson.
The newly casted Top Gear has had a ratings boost since they moved away from the Matt LeBlanc fronted fiasco. LeBlanc was cast with the extremely difficult job of replacing the legendary trio after Clarkson was fired and Richard and James resigned. Ever since then, Top Gear and The Grand Tour have been in a constant battle over what’s left of the viewing audience, like divorced parents fighting over custody of the kids in court.
Not all of the trio’s global following carried over to their new show on Amazon, The Grand Tour. Some of this loss of viewership can be attributed to the fact that you now have to buy an Amazon Prime membership to watch the show. Amazon has recently recognized this issue and released a DVD set you can order to your front door, without having to subscribe to Prime. Needless to say, the “fracas” that set all of this in motion has resulted in an ever-growing loss of viewership for Top Gear. Perhaps this is the BBC’s final push to get consistently high ratings before booting the decades-old show.
Top Gear’s ratings plummeted with most fans vowing to never watch again after Clarkson was sacked and the boys followed him. Now though, they are receiving more help than ever from the BBC to get the show back on its feet, after the cast change. We are seeing much of the same from The Grand Tour as well, totally changing their format to a ‘special only’ show. With millions of viewers looking for their new favorite show, the winner will ultimately be whoever finds their stride first. With both shows making major changes this certainly feels like a “last chance” for both The Grand Tour and Top Gear.