“I don’t watch anything on my iPad except pornography,” Jeremy Clarkson revealed within the opening 10 seconds of GQ’s interview with the stars of The Grand Tour. Clarkson, along with Richard Hammond and James May won GQ’s TV Personalities of the year at the 2017 Men of the Year awards last week, and recently sat down for a chat about Amazon vs the BBC, cars and being recognised in Syria.
When asked how it feels to be a cultural phenomenon, Hammond said: “It influences my every waking hour. I get up in the morning as that. I eat my cornflakes in that frame of mind.” Clarkson added: “I still stand wherever I am when I’m feeling fortunate in the world, going how on earth did I end up here?”
“I do that when I see you standing somewhere… how did he end up there..” May joked.
Clarkson used the opportunity to dispute The Grand Tour’s £160-million budget figure, which is often paraded around in the press. “Nobody knows how much it cost. It was some, broadly the same as it was before.”
Clarkson also revealed that it ‘used to be quite good fun’ to annoy people at the BBC with all the antics they used to get up to on Top Gear, and that Amazon are unannoyable. “In some ways it is slightly surprising,” Clarkson said. “You know when you leave school and you can suddenly smoke in the street, you think oh.”
The boys were also asked whether in hindsight they thought the events of 2015 were fortuitous. “I suppose it would be,” Clarkson said, likening their future on Top Gear to being on a plane which was slowly going down. “One of the engines would have been on fire, if we hadn’t have changed.”
“We’ve refreshed, the others have rethought it… the viewers have more things to watch. I watch them and they watch us,” May added. “It’s fantastic.”
“I don’t watch them,” Clarkson whispered.