The third season of The Grand Tour wrapped up on Friday and it was a bit emotional for Jeremy Clarkson.
Noting there’s “so many people I haven’t insulted [yet],” Clarkson revealed the show as we know it is coming to an end. Beginning with the fourth season, The Grand Tour will focus exclusively on a handful of big adventures rather than ten or so traditional episodes.
Clarkson didn’t say much about the change, but he told the studio audience “It’s not goodbye from us, it’s goodbye from this.” He then went on to joking ask if anyone wants to buy a tent as the new season will skip the studio format.
While it’s a pretty big change, Clarkson told The Sun the moment was emotional for more than just that reason. As he explained, “I never got the chance to say goodbye to Top Gear. One minute I was there and one minute I wasn’t.”
He went to say Top Gear “was my baby” and that he came up with ideas such as the test track and the Stig. To lose all that overnight and not have a chance to say goodbye left him pretty sad. As Clarkson told Express, “This was almost as though we were saying goodbye to Top Gear as well. That’s why it was so emotional for me.”
There’s no word on when the fourth season of The Grand Tour will land on Amazon Prime, but it will reportedly consist of just four specials. Clarkson has previously said he’ll miss the current format, but acknowledged change was need as he’s been doing the same thing for nearly 17 years. He also joked there’s a silver lining to the new format as he’ll get to spend less time with James May.