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Richard Hammond tells Alison Hammond off after she suggested The Grand Tour is ripping off Top Gear

Gregory Robinson

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There was some trouble brewing between the Hammonds this week as Richard Hammond told off Alison Hammond for suggesting that The Grand Tour is ripping off Top Gear.

Obviously, the two TV personalities aren't former spouses, still, they had a hilarious exchange on This Morning about the two motoring shows that Richard has co-presented.

Richard spoke to Alison and Dermot O’Leary on Friday (16 June) about his European adventures with Jeremy Clarkson and James May for the new series of The Grand Tour.

The trio famously presented Top Gear between 2002 until 2015.


When the BBC opted not to renew Jeremy’s contract due to a behind-the-scenes altercation, both of his co-presenters decided to quit the long-running series.

May, Hammond and Clarkson ultimately ended up presenting The Grand Tour on Amazon Prime.

Alison Hammond shared her Top Gear theory during the interview. Credit: ITV
Alison Hammond shared her Top Gear theory during the interview. Credit: ITV

Alison, who joked around with Richard about their fake 'amicable' split, didn’t hold back when chatting about her thoughts on The Grand Tour.


“I love The Grand Tour, but I gotta say – I said it to you earlier – it’s basically Top Gear,” she said, laughing.

“You are mean,” Richard responded with a smile. “You’ve been saying that off-camera. We’ve re-invented ourselves every time. It’s fresh and new. We haven’t been pedalling the same old stuff, so do not say that.”

Richard wasn’t offended by the joke at all and everyone on the sofa laughed about Alison’s theory suggesting that The Grand Tour’s title secretly confirms that it's a sequel to the BBC series.

She said: “The Grand Tour. T is Top, G is Gear and then you got T. Top Gear Two – it’s the same programme, innit?”


“Richard, please stay for the interview,” Dermot laughed.

The new Grand Tour special sees the trio travel to Central Europe.

Starting in Gdansk, Poland, they embark on a 1,400 mile journey down through Slovakia, Hungary and Slovenia in the series.

The trio have reunited for the special Grand Tour episode. Credit: Prime Video
The trio have reunited for the special Grand Tour episode. Credit: Prime Video

The catch is that they'll be driving 'cars nobody would ever dream of' and will be competing in a range of challenges along the way, which includes Soviet style Formula 1.

Amid fan hype for the new Europe-themed season, James recently responded to speculation that the show has been cancelled.

"I mean, some people have said we've been cancelled,” he told RadioTimes.com

"But really we're getting quite close to the end of our contract, but we didn't really have any particular plans to keep going because we're all really just getting a bit old.


"It might be time to let someone else have a crack at it."

There will be two additional seasons of The Grand Tour following Eurocrash, which is streaming now exclusively on Amazon Prime.

Topics: Celebrity, Richard Hammond, TV and Film, This Morning, The Grand Tour, Top Gear

Gregory Robinson
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