The Grand Tour Dropped Celebrity Segment Because No One Liked It

The Grand Tour’s third season kicked off with a bang a few weeks ago and seems to be going from strength-to-strength. One of the reasons for this is the lack of one of the show’s least popular segments.

Those who’ve been tuning in for the latest season may have noticed that the show no longer features any celebrity segment. This is a big change from the frankly awful ‘Celebrity Brain Crash’ segment of the first season and the ‘Celebrity Face Off’ from season two.

Discussing the decision to axe a celebrity segment with Metro last month, Richard Hammond and Jeremy Clarkson said it simply wasn’t one of the most popular segments.

“There are some changes to this one because we looked at what people loved and bits people liked the most.

“It turns out the bits people like the most are the bits we like the most, which are the big adventures, us three messing about in Mongolia or China or wherever else, usually in something wholly inappropriate to the task and arguing and suffering,” Hammond said.

“Many years ago, it [Top Gear] was a British show, it was only a British show in the UK. And then it became international and it still is very, very international – much better known in Italy and China than we are here weirdly,” Clarkson added.

“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 [email protected] clue who Howard is”.

As international viewers of Top Gear and then The Grand Tour, there were certainly countless occasions where we didn’t recognize the celebrities featured. Even during the final few seasons of Top Gear with Clarkson, Hammond, and May, the celebrity segment often felt like a waste of time. We’re not sad to see it go.


  • Matteo Tommasi

    Fking finally

  • TheBelltower

    The celebrity segment always sucked. Why did it take so long for them to figure this out? Hate to say it, but this show is starting to look really ratty. The producers should get these guys to the gym. Clarkson and May both look pregnant, and they could have a heart attack any minute. Hammond needs to shave the 90s goatee and cut back on the dark hair coloring. With all the production $ they put into this show, it just seems messy.

    • ksegg

      LMFAO! You said everything I was thinking.

      They look like a drunk mess every time they get on stage.

    • Dennis James

      Well, it didn’t suck on BBC.

      • Big Black Duck

        honest but

    • NCC 1701-C Dodge Stealth R/T

      They all don’t look like they are having fun anymore. Look for Hammonds review of the Fiat Coupe, or Renault Clio V6. You can see the excitement. But now that’s gone.

  • Christian

    So they not coming on then?

    • Stigasawuswrecks

      No May !

    • TheHake


  • KAG25

    The last season watching people getting killed instead of coming on to talk to them was funny the first time, but got really old.
    They still need to review normal cars every so often, like cheap new hatchbacks.

  • Kagan

    Drop all, they are pathetic. I can not understand people paying to watch them! I don’t for free.

  • carsmofo

    Just keep doing road trips. That’s what people love most. Do it every part of the world.

    Less focus on car reviews because there are so many people doing that already, and we’re not learning anything new from GT vs. any other sources.

    • scjeff

      And more segments like the Jim Clark one Hammond did in the last episode.

  • Rui Silva

    The title is wrong.
    It’s not because no one liked. It’s because now is more of an international show and doesn’t make sense introducing people that are recognized as celebrities by only a part of the viewers

  • Jweisberg

    This show is now just a sitcom.It should be called Three out of shaped old men. It is just too scripted/ staged and it keeps getting worse. I understand that the old top gear specials were also scripted but at least they looked semi believable. Vietnam Special, Polar Special, Africa Special and US Special crap all over the current offerings on the grand tour.

  • Kyle Lyles

    I loved the Top Gear fastest celebrity circuit, which was sometimes my favorite part of the show.

    Since they couldn’t copy it for GT, the alternatives sucked. GT is OK, but not as good as Top Gear. I also loved the mini series about toys and construction that May and Hammond solo’d in.

  • One of the only few celebrity segment I liked was when the real Stig appeared.

  • NCC 1701-C Dodge Stealth R/T

    Really wish they would review hot hatches again, the super expensive cars are ok, but in small doses, more accesible sports cars the public can afford woukd be nice.

  • Mark Hawthorne

    Now all Amazon need to do is ditch the show all together and the world will be a better place.

  • dilligaf


  • Well, Celebrity Face Off wasn’t that bad and some guest celebrities – though way back when it was TG, not GT – were great because they were genuine car people (for example: Nick Mason, Brian Johnson…) and some were great because they are funny as hell, even though I did not know who they are (e.g. Jimi Carr).

    To me, short irregular reviews of regular cars were the most interesting and they lost me with the concept of three films about super-cars per episode. Road trip episodes and challenges were hit and miss (but steadily decline towards miss) and now I have to force myself to watch an episode…

  • Big Black Duck

    I kinda liked the celebrity segment in TG because of the very fact i did not know who most of them were…I really wanted to know their taste in cars and the lap time….sometimes their driving can be terrible and it was hilarious… A for the Grand Tour what they can do is is invite a celebrity in their next tour…instead of the 3 of have one more and it can become competitive because you now have 1 extra person. Plus they can flip a coin as to who will be stuck with them..

  • Keith P.

    The Celebrity parts on TGT were always a waste of time and a blatant attempt to carry on something reminiscent of TG. Glad they are done with them so maybe now they can fix the rest of it. Parts of both shows were always staged and scripted but for some reason it is far more obvious and clumsily done on TGT than it used to be. Those obvious fake and often stupid or silly parts really detract from the overall enjoyment of watching the show.

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