Alison Hammond: This Morning host offends The Grand Tour’s Richard Hammond with Top Gear claim
ITV This Morning host clashes with Richard Hammond over Top Gear claims
Alison Hammond offends Richard Hammond after comparing Top Gear with The Grand Tour. The TV presenter, 48, from Birmingham, was interviewing Richard on This Morning, alongside co-host Dermot O’Leary, 50, on Friday (June 16). Alison didn’t hold back when it came to her views on his new Amazon Prime show, which also stars Jeremy Clarkson and James May.
She revealed as she began laughing: "I love The Grand Tour, but I gotta say – I said it to you earlier – it’s basically Top Gear.” Richard replied, with a smile: “You are mean. You’ve been saying that off-camera. We’ve re-invented ourselves every time. It’s fresh and new.”
He added: “We haven’t been pedalling the same old stuff, so do not say that.”
As the co-hosts awkwardly laughed as the Brummie continued to make her point about the car-themed shows, Dermot said: “Richard, please stay for the interview…”
Alison continued: “The Grand Tour. T is Top, G is Gear and then you got T. Top Gear Two – it’s the same programme, innit?” Richard jumped in, saying: “Alright, Sherlock…”
Richard, who was promoting the new Amazon Grand Tour special, titled Eurocrash, laughed off the comments as he told Alison: “No!”
Richard Hammond, 53, co-hosted BBC’s Top Gear from 2002 until 2015, alongside James May, 60, and Jeremy Clarkson, 63. In 2015, the BBC took the decision not to renew Clarkson’s contract following an altercation behind the scenes, and as a result Richard and James also decided to quit the show.
The original hosts reunited to create the new series, The Grand Tour, for Amazon Prime Video, which has proved to be a big hit for the streaming platform, over the last five series.
BBC’s Top Gear continued with brand new hosts, which initially included Radio DJ Chris Evans, and actor Matt Le Blanc. But since 2019, the series has consistently been hosted by Paddy McGuiness, Freddie Flintoff and Chris Harris.