Top Gear was “defined” by Jeremy Clarkson, said Chris Harris in a recent interview. Alongside Richard Hammond and James May, he built what became a legend in the world of cars and TV, and within this, legendary segments like the news and the Star in the Reasonably Priced Car.
This particular segment divided opinions with some hating having time out of the fun to interview a celebrity, while others loved Clarkson’s interview style and the humour that came from it. But now, with Clarkson, Hammond and May no longer at the helm of the BBC show, changes are being made.
Chris Harris, Paddy McGuinness and Freddie Flintoff, the new presenters, are removing their version of the segment, Star in a Reasonably Fast Car, due to the Coronavirus pandemic.
“It wasn’t my favourite element,” said Harris to the Radio Times.
“It was deemed to be an important component of the show, but in the wake of recent events it was the obvious thing to go,” he continued.
“That’s not to say that there won’t be any guests on the show in the future – but my feeling is if we have them, we should do more with them than just sit in the studio.”
Other adaptations have been made to suit new Covid regulations, too, such as a drive-in audience, and all road trips being confined to the UK.
Top Gear will return this month, but there’s still no word from its competition, The Grand Tour, which is only said to be released before Christmas onto Amazon Prime Video. Despite this, the trio behind the show have been spotted in Scotland with three American cars hauling modified caravans showing us that Amazon may halt the release, but its production is still at full pelt.