Yes, you read it right! James May has plans on leaving “The Grand Tour” in the next 5 years. This was according to his latest interview with the Radio Times for its Holiday issue. We know this is quite hard to imagine but it is not as if he, along with Richard Hammond and Jeremy Clarkson are going to live forever. We’re all getting old inevitably.
At this point, there are still a lot of shows in store as Clarkson, May and Hammond have just signed a deal for 3 straight seasons. That means that Amazon will be featuring 36 episodes of “The Grand Tour” within the next 3 years.
Nevertheless, May doesn’t feel the need to be part of the show for the longest time or is obliged to do more than what he’s willing give. The guy also wants to encourage people to learn when it’s time to step back and be in total control of their lives.
The show will have its special pre-Christmas episode on December 23, which will be followed by another episode the following week. James May will also appear on BBC’s special edition of the “The Reassembler” series. This special will be aired on BBC4 on December 28, Wednesday at 9PM.
Hailing from Hammersmith in London, May has been getting a lot of compliments after The Grand Tour aired its initial episodes the previous month. It has been reported how he’s got a huge offer after he left BBC along with Jeremy Clarkson. If you can recall, Clarkson was expelled from Top Gear earlier this year after he punched his producer and called him names in typical Jeremy Clarkson style.
Despite being friends with Clarkson, May made it clear that they have different interests. When asked if there’s a chance if he would be guesting on the new series, May thinks that it is very unlikely. We know for a fact how Clarkson is more interested in celebrity scoops and chic restaurants while he’s exactly the opposite.
What we found amusing is how May described Clarkson as “decrepit.’ May is only 53 years old while Clarkson is already 56. Hammond on the other hand is only 46. Even so, May has already acknowledged the fact that sooner or later, the team ”will be too old” for TV engagements.
Of course Jeremy Clarkson’s age in particular has started to show. As for James May himself, he’s trying to fight it in some way but thinks five more years would be more than enough. Well at least, we won’t be seeing him “fart-arsing around” after that.