Jeremy Clarkson has dismissed claims that Amazon Prime Video has cancelled The Grand Tour.
The motoring series, which is hosted by Clarkson and his former Top Gear colleagues Richard Hammond and James May, is one of Amazon’s biggest original shows, with the online giant paying a reported sum of between $160 million and $250 million. Amazon has previously said the show has done “really well” and that it “has the scale that we’re looking for” in its original content.
Its first episode was the biggest show premiere ever on Amazon Prime Video, with millions of Prime members streaming the show. As Amazon increasingly moves away from the smaller series that it has won awards with, and begins to order more big budget projects straight-to-series, instead of its previous pilot-based approach, The Grand Tour’s scale and popularity among the Top Gear fanbase would seem to make it one of Prime Video’s more secure signings. The Daily Mail, though, reports that Amazon has not commissioned a fourth season of the car.
The series has recently finished its second season, with a third season currently filming until the summer. Sources reportedly told The Daily Mail, though, that an order for another lap has not yet materialised.
“There is nothing to suggest they are going to do another one,” the source said. “No one has signed anything and employees are wondering where everyone will go once filming wraps.”
Amazon has not confirmed or denied this report. The Grand Tour producer Andy Wilman – also a Top Gear veteran – told the newspaper: “We are focusing on series three at the moment.”
The claims arrive as Jeremy Clarkson has been announced as the new host of a reboot of Who Wants to Be a Millionaire? on ITV.
He told the newspaper: “I am doing one week of Millionaire. Then there is season 3 of the Grand Tour. And then I’ll think about what’s next.”
He then took to Twitter to reply to a fan’s comment on the apparent cancellation. His reply was five words: “Don’t believe the fucking Mail.”