Jeremy Clarkson has confirmed he has left his presenter role on Amazon Prime Video series The Grand Tour.
A TV insider said to The Sun yesterday (29 November): “It’s a surprising decision and everyone realises it very much marks the end of an era for the three presenters.
“The Grand Tour is one of Prime Video’s most watched shows and Jeremy, James and Richard have a devoted following.
"But the guys have made no bones about the fact they’re all advancing in years and they have lots of other projects to pursue.
“They just felt like the time was right and wanted to go out on a high when the show remained popular.”
Amazon Prime Video are yet to confirm that the show is coming to an end.
Taking to social media on Thursday (30 November), Clarkson confirmed that he has left the series.
"Been a busy day," he wrote alongside a photo of a sunset.
"No more Grand Tour after next year but a LOT more Clarkson’s Farm.
"Which, this evening, is looking extremely lovely."
The three presenters - who previously starred on the BBC’s Top Gear together for more than a decade - have just returned from Zimbabwe after completing their final special.
Clarkson posted on X, formerly Twitter, thanking the Zimbabwean people.
He said: “My profound thanks to the people and government of Zimbabwe for helping to make a very special Grand Tour special, very special. We absolutely adored everything about your country. Apart from the potholes maybe.”
Amazon Prime said they had ‘no official comment’ on the presenters leaving, but added that ‘options are being explored’ for the show’s future.
An Amazon spokesperson said: “Jeremy, Richard and James have just returned from shooting in Zimbabwe, this final special with the trio is heading into the edit and will launch at a later date next year.
“The next The Grand Tour special set in Mauritania will launch in February 2024. Options are being explored for the future of a new The Grand Tour, it’s yet to go through greenlight.”
It follows the news last week that Top Gear was being rested for the 'foreseeable future' by the BBC, after former England cricketer Andrew Flintoff was involved in a serious accident during filming at the Top Gear test track in Dunsfold, Surrey.Featured Image Credit: Amazon Prime Video