- bang showbiz
- November 29, 2021
James May thinks he and his “Grand Tour” co-hosts Jeremy Clarkson and Richard Hammond are “like sitcom characters”
James May thinks “The Grand Tour” is “like a sitcom with characters.”
The 58-year-old star – who hosts the Amazon Prime auto show with former “Top Gear” co-hosts Jeremy Clarkson and Richard Hammond – spoke about how their long-standing working relationship created a special atmosphere on screen.
He told the Hot TV column of the Daily Star newspaper, “Our relationship is so old now and so well established that we’re kind of like a sitcom with characters.
“Viewers choose one to identify with or maybe two against the other. It’s a pretty simple childish mechanism that makes things work.”
The trio will be back next month with a special focused on French cars, and James insisted as they teased their topic, there is nothing malicious about the jokes.
He added: “Someone will always want to scream racist but I’m pretty sure not. We made fun of the French but it’s a tradition.
“They do it to us. Fair play. And we say we love France and admire their cars.”
James admitted that the three presenters weren’t “afraid to cancel the crop,” but were always learning and changing their own perspectives.
He explained, “I don’t think we’re afraid to cancel culture, but I guess subconsciously, like everyone else, we re-evaluate the way we think about things, which is not a bad thing to do. My opinion.
“We’re not rooted and sunk in like, ‘No, we’re living in the 1970s with 1970s attitudes. Make us a cup of tea, my love.’
“We’re pretty modern people – with the exception of Richard Hammond, who got stuck in that E-Type Jag in 1955. We’re reasonably progressive.”