The Grand Tour's third series is now underway, and regular viewers might have noticed that there are no celebrity guests this time around. There's a very good reason for that, according to Jeremy Clarkson, and some people might be shocked to hear that the official line has nothing to do with how bad the celebrity bit was.
According to Jeremy Clarkson it's because The Grand Tour is a much more global-oriented show that Top Gear ever was, and that makes getting relevant guests in quite difficult.
"Many years ago it was a British show, it was really shown in the UK. And then it became international and it still is very, very international – we're much better known in Italy and China than we are here, weirdly.
"So there’s no point in having a guest where you go, 'ladies and gentlemen it’s Howard from the Halifax advert,' because in Uruguay, they haven’t got a f****** clue who Howard is. So there seemed to be no point to us persevering with the guest, and so that segment – and I don’t know if this goes down well with you – has gone."
Later, when speaking to Digital Spy, he seems glad celebrities have gone:
"It certainly makes the recording easier... my mind was always distracted by the fact you have an interview to do. If you've got a chat show, you turn up for work and you're doing a chat show. But I was turning up, you've got to try and make James interesting – always tricky – then you've got Hammond, who's Hammond.
You've got your studio audience. And you've got the links into and out of... And then you've got, effectively, a chat show to record. It's a lot."
It's probably for the best. While Celebrity Face Off was a big improvement on the god-awful Celebrity Brain Crash segment from the first series, it wasn't great. I'd argue that the studio segments are the weakest part of the format, which may have played into the fact the tent is being scraped in series four. Along with the plane noise, of course. [Motor1]