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Richard Hammond Wants To Be Called This Instead Of “Hamster”

It might be one of the most well-known nicknames ever given to a television presenter, but it turns out that Richard Hammond is not a huge fan of the name “Hamster.” In fact, he has a name that he would rather be called.

The name “Hamster” was something that I always assumed originated from Top Gear, but according to Hammond himself, it was a name given to him by BBC motoring expert Zog Ziegler. It was created because of his surname “Hammond” and because of his height.

“My nickname, the Hamster, I owe to a man called Zog Ziegler who, in terms of big breaks, I owe more than anybody else.”

However, Hammond mentioned that his first-born daughter Isabella was the original “Hamster” and that she should have the nickname:

“When we told him we were expecting our first child he clapped his hands together and said, ‘oh, a little hamster’, so, really, my daughter, Issy, was the first Hamster.”

So what would Hammond rather be called instead of the iconic “Hamster?”

“Still, I would rather my nickname was the Wolf, or the Hawk.”

Ok, whatever you say, Hammond.


The Mirror

Tony Hsieh

Cars, the Buffalo Bills, video games, comics, sandwiches, jelly beans, and the shooting star press; these are the things that Tony loves (in addition to his family, of course). When he's not spending his time writing tech reviews for, Tony puts his lifetime love of muscle cars to use on his 2015 Mustang GT. Tony's top three favorite cars are the 1973 Mustang Mach 1, Ferrari 458, and Aston Martin DBS.

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