After Top Gear host Jeremy Clarkson was fired for using vulgar, discriminatory language and allegedly assaulting an employee at the BBC, he and fellow hosts, Richard Hammond and James May, decided to reunite and set up shop at Amazon. The new series, which has been kept under wraps for most of its production, finally got a name today: Grand Tour.
So, the Grand Tour (GT for short) will come from a tent, which we will put up in a different location every week. Your town?— Jeremy Clarkson (@JeremyClarkson) May 11, 2016
Clarkson tweeted out the name this morning and said that the show will feature the trio travelling around the world and recording out of a tent. It's not too unlike what the hosts were doing at the BBC, which featured them going to exotic locations in various parts of the world to test out the most expensive and tricked out cars.
Clarkson, Hammond and May first announced they would be joining Amazon last year and have been seen shooting the show in a few random tweets or Instagram videos here and there. Amazon reportedly paid $250 million to secure the rights to the hosts and their new show. Up until Clarkson's firing and the departure of Hammond and May, Top Gear was one of the biggest shows in the world, pulling in upwards of seven million live viewers each episode. Those numbers dropped to just over one million after Clarkson, May and Hammond's departure, though.
The new Amazon series is set to debut later this year, although an exact date has yet to be announced. Top Gear will still run over at the BBC, but will include a batch of new hosts, including the first American on the show, Matt LeBlanc.