James May On Jeremy Clarkson And Diddly Squat Farm: “I Find Him Infuriatingly Inept”
James May has commented on Jeremy Clarkson’s step into the world of farming as The Grand Tour presenter is currently filming series 2 of Clarkson’s Farm. May, who has recently returned from filming of the Prime Video car show in Europe, joked that his co-presenter may not be doing as much as it seems on the farm, calling him “infuriatingly inept”.
Clarkson began his farming career in 2008 when he bought the farm and contracted it to a local farmer. A couple of years ago however, this farmer retired, pushing the presenter to take over and change the land’s name to Diddly Squat Farm.
Squeezing everything he can out of the farm, he followed up with a Prime Video series, as well as a number of other revenue streams such as a brewery, a periodic ‘Hawkstone’ festival, and a farm shop. Despite what looks to be a healthy business, James prods at the series.
“I don’t know how much of the practical stuff he’s really doing.
“He’s obviously having a go, which is odd because I do find him infuriatingly inept at times – to the extent that I think he might be putting it on.
“He might think it’s cute, or it makes him seem more sophisticated. Sometimes his inability to operate the mechanism that opens a sliding door makes me think rations are wasted on this man.”
Talking to the Radio Times Podcast, James was further asked if he’d ever go into farming after seeing Clarkson’s experience in the industry.
“Farming is just big gardening in my view. I’m not going anywhere near that.”
Jeremy, James, and Richard Hammond, each enjoy their own solo shows, and May is currently expected to be working on the next series of his popular travel show, Our Man In…, which recently saw him exploring Italy and previous Japan. Alongside this he led a cooking show, Oh Cook, which was released alongside his own cooking book. And while we doubt there will ever be an accompanying series, he’s also invested in a pub, The Royal Oak.