The Grand Tour: Jeremy Clarkson stars in 'A Massive Hunt' trailer
Richard Hammond and James May usually capture their arguments on camera for the most memorable moments of The Grand Tour and Top Gear. However, the long-suffering co-hosts had a tense interaction at breakfast which was revealed when they spoke exclusively to Express.co.uk about their new special for Amazon Prime Video.
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James May apparently failed to keep his temper during one of the presenter’s many breakfasts with co-host Richard Hammond.
The three stars spoke to Express.co.uk during the run-up for their new Grand Tour special, A Massive Hunt, which sees May, Hammond and Jeremy Clarkson travel across Madagascar.
Amazon’s new feature length special was delayed for some months due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.
As Britain leaves its second lockdown into new tiered restrictions, the three presenters all recoiled at the prospect of a quarantine with their fellow motorists.
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Richard Hammond admitted: “There’s two answers. The first is a sense of utter revulsion and terror at the very prospect. Dear God.”
Though he added: “But, you know what, probably better than most, because we’ve been working and living together in a bubble for twenty years anyway, haven’t we?”
Now known as one of Britain’s most recognisable presenting teams, the three car enthusiasts have been working together since the first season of Top Gear in 2002.
Although their bickering is frequently caught on camera, the hosts remain on good terms and carried their rapport over to their new series for Amazon Prime, The Grand Tour.
After so many years working together, both in front of and behind the camera, Hammond revealed the three hosts know each other far better than perhaps they’d like to.
The motoring star gave a hilarious example of when his close proximity to James May reached its breaking point.
He recalled: “A while ago I was making my breakfast, spreading some marmite on toast. And James was standing there, and he suddenly erupted.”
A seemingly tranquil morning was interrupted out of nowhere by an outburst from James May, who had taken issue with one of Richard Hammond’s quirks.
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Hammond continued: “It turned out he hates the way I spread my marmite to the edge of the toast and just detonated at me.”
He then admitted the argument was a wake up call for both of them when they realised how long Hammond’s marmite-spreading technique had been annoying his co-star.
The presenter went on: “That’s when we both stopped and realised, we have spent too long together.
“Because, it’s not only the fact that he’s noticed that, it’s that for so many years it’s been annoying to him the way I make my own breakfast. It speaks to how many breakfasts we’ve shared together.”
Despite their constant squabbling during their races, challenges and globe-trotting adventures, the hosts of The Grand Tour all felt they’d fare better than most in lockdown with each other.
Nevertheless, Richard Hammond claimed the very idea may lead to some sleepless nights.
He signed off: “I don’t want to lockdown with them, but I know we’d survive, because we’re kind of used to it. It’s an odd thought though, I’m not going to sleep tonight.”
The Grand Tour presents… A Massive Hunt will be released Friday, December 18 on Amazon Prime Video.
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