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Richard Hammond Denies Multiple Grand Tour Crashes Are Scripted In Candid Interview

Richard Hammond has spoken out about his crashes on The Grand Tour and Top Gear, as well as his co-hosts, Jeremy Clarkson and James May.

The latest episode, The Grand Tour: A Scandi Flick, showed the trio racing around Norway in three rally-inspired road cars and one of the main talking points of the show was May’s horrendous crash which left him hospitalised and with a broken rib.

There have been many jokes between the trio and also with fans around the fact that it is usually Hammond who has the awful crashes on the shows. The most well-known crash was back in 2006 when Hammond crashed a jet-powered car whilst travelling at 320 mph. Hammond was air-lifted to hospital and suffered a serious brain injury.

Hammond has been asked recently if he has ever turned down any stunts on the shows. He explained:

“No, I don’t think we have, ever.

“There were never stunts that went wrong. I mean, driving at 320mph brings risks, but nobody knew the tyre was going to go and fall off a mountain.

“That didn’t go down well.

“So, they haven’t been deliberate stunts that have gone wrong, they were just accidents, and they happen, don’t they? So, you’ve just got to hope that they don’t.”

Hammond went on to explain that they do “put some things in” during the planning stages of the shows, however, so much happens spontaneously and by chance that a lot of the planned parts don’t end up making the show. He said:

“If you think about it, if you go off on holiday with your mates, is enough going to happen to fill a 90-minute show? Probably not; and it’s the same with us.

“Although, because we are weird and lucky, it does.

“It’s like when we did The Grand Tour Scotland special, Jeremy’s caravan came unhinged and I sank a fishing boat.

“None of those were planned, they just happened.”

“We can go away and have the best adventure in the world but if nobody is there to film it, what’s the point.”

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