Jeremy Clarkson, Man of The Grand Tour, Will Host Who Wants to be a Millionaire!
It’s official. Jeremy Clarkson is trading in his all-denim look for (hopefully) a suit and a tie when he takes the stage as the new host of the British version of Who Wants To Be A Millionaire? The Grand Tour host will take the helm of the once-popular reality quiz show when it returns to British network ITV after a four-year absence. The show will officially return this spring for one week, running seven nightly one-hour episodes.
Will Jeremy Clarkson Shift Gears and Host "Who Wants to be a Millionaire?"
Richard Hammond is known for his brazen and unapologetic attempts at promoting his other shows during episodes of Top Gear. His co-hosts, Jeremy Clarkson and James May, would call him out on it, but now, Clarkson may start doing the same on The Grand Tour after reports revealed that he’s now in talks to host a revived version of the hit TV game show, Who Wants To Be A Millionaire.
Can you imagine Jezza hosting Who Wants To Be A Millionaire? We might not have to imagine for very long because according to The Sun on Sunday, the 57-year old host is already in discussions with British network ITV to bring the game show back to life after a four-year hiatus.
“Millionaire” shot to fame in 1998 and became a global TV sensation. At its peak, it had versions in countries like the U.S., Australia, Russia, India, Japan, the Netherlands, and the Philippines. It was even a big part of the plot of Slumdog Millionaire, the Oscar-winning movie that won Best Picture at the 2009 Academy Awards.
A return of the show with Clarkson at the helm would be an interesting move. The show’s past host, Chris Tarrant, retired from his hosting duties when the show ended in 2014. Whereas the latter was known for his dry humor, Clarkson’s own brand of wit and comedy could play well with today’s audience. Plus, he’s a big personality with a massive star-power following. If he’s going to host a reboot of Millionaire, he’s going to attract plenty of viewers through his name alone.
Unfortunately, none of these reports have been confirmed so we’ll need to take it with a grain of salt until an announcement is made confirming the return of the show on British television. I still can’t help but imagine what Clarkson would be like as a host of the show. What’s the over/under on him saying something inappropriate in the course of one episode? If it’s 1.5, I’d bet on the “over.”
Video of the Day: Jeremy Clarkson Talks about the Lancia 037
The Lancia 037 holds a special place in the hearts of a lot of people. It’s one of those models that wasn’t supposed to exist, but homologation requirements obligated Lancia to build a little over 200 road-going models of the 037. The one you see here with Jeremy Clarkson is one of the 207 production 037s that were built. 35 years after it was produced, the Lancia 037 still looks as incredible as it’s always been.
The video of Clarkson’s time behind the wheel of the 037 is short, but if you haven’t seen the full segment, it’s something that you need to watch. Rarely do we get to see the three hosts trade in their skits and crass humor for a compelling and insightful segment that tells a gripping story of a car’s history and impact in the industry. For whatever reason, The Grand Tour adopted this kind of approach in this segment. The result is arguably the best segment of the show’s second season, possibly even its entire run.
Brashness aside, Clarkson is regarded as an authority in the auto industry. Far too often, he doesn’t use that platform to really espouse the real stories behind some of the cars he reviews. This time, he did, and we appreciate him for it. The Lancia 037 has a great story to tell, and for once, we’re pleased that Jeremy Clarkson was the one to tell it.
Video of the Day: Jeremy Clarkson Tries His Hand at Gymkhana: Video
Jeremy Clarkson is good at many things. He’s good at talking about cars. He’s good at driving some of them. And he’s good at pissing a lot of people of. He also claims to be good at drifting, something he showed in the last episode of The Grand Tour when he decided to have a go at recreating Ken Block’s famous Gymkhana stunt videos.
Of course, this is Jeremy Clarkson we’re talking about. A lot of his bombastic claims should be taken with a grain of salt. His stunt video, called “Farmkhana: Ultimate_Country_Playground,” is a perfect example of that. Watch it on a surface level, and you might even be convinced that Clarkson’s run across the playground is legitimate. He even makes faces while performing those intense burnouts. But take the time to study the video. Look at it closer, and you’ll start noticing how carefully edited it is. The shots from inside the Subaru STI show him mostly stationary — the face-making served as good distraction — while the shots of his feet slamming the pedals are far from conclusive since we don’t know if it’s actually doing it.
I will admit that Clarkson does know how to do a proper drift. He’s done it in front of a camera many times. But he’s nowhere near Block’s level when it comes to this kind of horse-playing. The latter is on another level. Fortunately, Clarkson and the show are in on the joke too when they released a short “Behind-The-Scenes” video of the stunt. It turns out; there was a lot of editing and failed stunts involved in the making of Farmkhana, including one scene where Clarkson failed to drift into a sheep pen, hitting and destroying its wooden enclosures every time.
Jeremy Clarkson Has Some Choice Words For Elon Musk
Jeremy Clarkson and Elon Musk are two of the most outspoken people in the auto industry, and when these two cross paths, fireworks will inevitably start. Ok, so the two haven’t physically met , but Clarkson did have some choice words for Musk during a conversation with the Daily Beast. Not one to mince his words, Jezza called Musk “petulant” and has “sour grapes” over losing a pair of lawsuits he filed against Clarkson’s old show, Top Gear.
A Self-Driving Car Scared The Crap Out Of Jeremy Clarkson
Former Top Gear host, current The Grand Tour host, and ardent lover of hot meals Jeremy Clarkson recently had a go in an autonomous car, and claims it nearly resulted in death – twice. Clarkson relates his experience in an op-ed piece published by The Sunday Times, which comes at a time when the U.K. is considering testing autonomous car tech on public roads.
Emirates Airlines Gets A Helping Hand From A Luxury Automaker On Designing Its First-Class Suites
Mercedes-Benz is no stranger to partnering with some of the most well-known companies in the world. Now, the German automaker is taking to the skies with Emirates Airlines in one of the most significant collaborations between the two companies since agreeing to join forces back in 2014. It’s hardly a surprise that the scope of the partnership revolves around Mercedes’ involvement in designing Emirates’ new first-class cabin using no less than the new S-Class for inspiration.
Apparently, the results of this partnership bore fruit three years after Mercedes and Emirates designers first met to hash out the details on the scope of their work. It’s a slow play, sure, but the results did end up drawing heavily from the interior of the S-Class, including the materials that were chosen, the controls that were used, and the all-around workmanship that was done to turn these enclosed suites into the closest thing to five-star hotel rooms in the sky. Mercedes’ work certainly caught the attention of Emirates, including president Sir Tim Clark, who described the suites as offering “unprecedented levels of privacy, comfort, and luxury.” And to cap it all off, Emirates even enlisted the services of Jeremy Clarkson, a man who himself is no stranger to hyperbole, to promote the new suites. It seems like the airline made a right call on that one too because Clarkson was his usual Clarkson self in the ad, promoting just about everything he could think of, including the pajamas.
So, in the event that you do end up flying first class on Emirates Airlines, remember that those suites that you’ll likely end up enjoying are the work of Mercedes-Benz.
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The Grand Tour is Losing Part of its Identity
Traveling the world sounds fun, but even the saltiest of jet-setters can grow weary of perpetual motion. That seems to be the case with The Grand Tour, which just announced it will no longer be traveling with its massive curious tent to far-flung corners of the globe just to film its in-studio segments. Fear not – the tent will live on, (semi)-permanently erected in the Cotswolds, a rural area in south-central England, west of London. Thankfully, this means Clarkson, James, and May can now devote more time to traveling to far-flung places to actually drive stuff, leaving the relatively boring studio set back at home.
According to The Drive, the trio has already traveled to Croatia, Switzerland, Dubai, Spain, and Mozambique for segments set to air this season. The Grand Tour’s executive producer, Andy Wilman, said, "We’ll keep the studio in one place, and given how accident prone they are at the minute, that can only be a good thing." Wilman is most certainly right about the accident-prone comment. Headlines were made when Richard Hammond nearly died in a fiery crash and Jeremy Clarkson almost met his maker due to a severe case of pneumonia. It’s probably best TGT not push its luck with Captain Slow.
While this might disappoint some, The Drive points out a big positive brought by a stationary tent: attending the studio tapings will be a bit easier – that is if you can score tickets.
What do you think? Will the tent’s stationary location detract from The Grand Tour, or will the show be better for it? Let us know in the comments below.
Amazon’s Cheeky Ad Posting Is On The Hunt For A Replacement For Jeremy Clarkson
Amazon rarely gets to show off its sense of humor, but it was on full display in a recent job posting on its website. Turns out, Amazon Prime Video is in a mad search for a new TV host to fill in temporarily and cover what it describes as “an absence due to pneumonia.” You don’t need to be super sleuths to figure out that this listing is nothing more than a tongue-in-cheek jab at The Grand Tour’s own Jeremy Clarkson, but we’ll go along with it because the ad is actually pretty funny.
If you think you have what it takes to join a “long-established team of variously sized co-hosts,” then, by all means, throw your name in the hat. Just remember that before you do, you’re going to have to pass certain qualifications, including, but presumably not limited to a “strong knowledge of cars, metaphors, and progressive rock music.” Likewise, you’ll need to possess unlimited amounts of patience, particularly when you’re dealing with annoying colleagues, and be willing enough at least to “pause before delivering the final word or words of some sentence.” Oh, and if you happen to be tall, have curly hair, and a predisposition to wear an inordinate amount of pre-washed denim clothes, you’ll have the inside track to landing the job of your dreams. Just be sure that you also have a valid driver’s license, a good grasp of British English, including advanced qualifications in “exaggeration and braggadocio,” and most of all, a social media platform with at least 6.5 million followers. Think you’re up for it?
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With Clarkson Out with Pneumonia, The Grand Tour May Finally Live Up to its Potential
Hey folks, did you miss me? Yeah, it’s me, Pops! What? Did you think I only write on Fridays? Although I hate early Tuesdays, I had to get out of my lazy routine over this fracas about Jeremy Clarkson being in the hospital with severe pneumonia. Don’t get me wrong, I think that being sick is awful, but we pay way too much attention to an old man that gets by making dreadful jokes about cars and insulting just about everyone with the sole purpose of getting a bigger audience.
Although I’m a sucker for a good show with solid punchlines and great humor, I’ve never been a fan of Top Gear. And obviously, I’m not a fan of The Grand Tour. And, Clarkson is too blame for this. Yeah, I know, it’s a show that doesn’t take car reviews very seriously and making fun of everything is a big part of the plot, but I just feel as if they’re producing for an audience that’s 16 years old on average. Tops! But I digress. I’m writing this because Clarkson made a joke about how James May is the only "functioning member" of the Grand Tour team (Richard Hammond had a serious car crash in June) and added the caption "God help us." Keep reading to learn why.
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Jeremy Clarkson Hospitalized With Pneumonia, Continues To Make Fun Of Co-Hosts
Former Top Gear host, current Grand Tour host, and habitual line stepper Jeremy Clarkson is reportedly out of commission for an undermined amount of time following his hospitalization for a severe case of pneumonia. According to a representative from Amazon, Clarkson was on a family vacation in Spain when he came down with the lung infection.
Despite the severity of his sickness, Clarkson still had the good spirits to make fun of James May, posting a less-than-flattering picture of his co-host on Instagram with the caption “The only functioning member of the Grand Tour team right now. God help us.” This is the second time in just a handful of months that a Grand Tour host has required hospitalization, with Richard Hammond requiring an airlift following a massive crash in a Rimac Concept_One while filming in Switzerland back in June. Hammond managed to exit the smoldering all-electric super car on his own, and miraculously did not suffer any serious injuries. Clarkson also posted to the Grand Tour social media hub, DriveTribe, saying “Thanks for all the good wishes. And to keep you up to date, I’ll be out of the action for quite some time apparently. It’s really really annoying because I’ve never had one day off work since I started in 1978.”
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Jeremy Clarkson Finally Found An SUV He Likes
For as long as he’s been in the public spotlight, Jeremy Clarkson’s long-standing disdain for the letters S, U, and V is a matter of public record. This is a man, after all, who has managed to describe SUVs as “idiotic,” “boring,” and a “complete waste of money” on separate occasions. But just like the time snow actually fell on the Sahara, Clarkson is not above turning some heads with his opinionated commentary. Lo and behold, then, because the SUV Scrooge finally admitted to liking one. Stand up and take the applause then, Alfa Romeo Stelvio. Jezza actually likes you.
The startling revelation on Clarkson’s column in the Driving section of The Sunday Times. Although true to form, Clarkson wasted little time adding another SUV to his “no-thank-you” list by throwing the Audi Q5 under the bus. Clarkson then pivots to the real subject of his column, the Stelvio, and to the shock of everyone, he actually had positive things to say about the Alfa Romeo SUV. He liked the design. He liked the interior. And, most shocking of all, he liked how it performed on the road, even while acknowledging that he was behind the wheel of a diesel version of the SUV. Ultimately, he even went so far as describing the Stelvio as “the only SUV that’s quite tempting,” and adding that the high-poweredStelvio Quadrofoglio “might even be irresistible.” Yup. Hell has frozen over.
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