Jeremy Clarkson has admitted he’s gotten ‘unbelievably fat’ since he quit smoking, as he joined co-stars James May and Richard Hammond at The Grand Tour Season 3 Launch.
The presenter, 58, confessed that ditching the tobacco has led him to pile on the pounds as he spoke in a Q and A ahead of the screening, while co-host James May joked that that he ‘was fat when he will smoking.’
It came as Jeremy put on a loved-up display with girlfriend Lisa Hogan, 46, as they attended the launch in London’s The Brewery.
Happy couple: Jeremy Clarkson was putting on a loved-up display with girlfriend Lisa Hogan on Tuesday as they led stars in attendance for the launch of Season 3 of The Grand Tour
Answering audience questions about the impending third series, Jeremy confessed even he’s been baffled by his growing waistline.
He said: ‘I’m a lot fatter. I gave up smoking, anyone here given up smoking? Anyone else get fat, like unbelievably fat, as a result of it? It’s just terrifying.
James then hilariously quipped: ‘So, why were you fat when you were smoking?’ while Richard Hammond added: ‘I was wondering.’
Ever the sharp-tongued presenter Jeremy then added: ‘Same reason as you James, same reason as you. Exhibit A the smoker James May.’
Looking good: As Jeremy, 58, looked smart in his simple grey suit, Lisa, 46, looked more stylish in a classic gold biker jacket over an all-black ensemble
Regardless Jeremy was still putting on a united display with partner Lisa at the shows launch, looking smart in a simple grey suit.
Meanwhile Lisa looked more stylish in a classic gold biker jacket over an all-black ensemble with her blonde tresses styled into effortless waves.
The couple were seen posing alongside a car, which is believed to be a red 2017 Alfa Romeo Stelvio Quadrifoglio, priced at around £69,000.
Jeremy and Lisa have been dating since March 2017, after he split from wife Frances Cain two years earlier.
Smart: Also in attendance was Jeremy’s presenting partner James May, sporting one of his signature quirky printed shirts as he posed alongside a blue BMW i3
Cool: The long-haired presenter attended the launch of the show’s third season, which could also be its last in the currently format
Lavish: James went for a casual look as he teamed the floral shirt with jeans and a grey blazer for the event
Also in attendance was Jeremy’s presenting partner James May, sporting one of his signature quirky printed shirts as he posed alongside a blue BMW i3, which is priced at around £35,000.
He was joined by Richard Hammond who got behind the wheel of a vintage 1965 Ford Mustang 390, as he stood outside ahead of the screening of the Amazon Prime series.
The presenting trio have been brought back together as they attended a screening for The Grand Tour’s third series.
Grand: The car certainly stood out as it appeared alongside James at the event, along with its hefty price tag of around £35,000
Suited and booted: Richard Hammond also made his arrival for the screening of the first episode of the third series, looking sharp in a black waistcoat
Recovered: It came 18 months after Richard was rushed to hospital, after crashing a car while filming The Grand Tour in Switzerland
The trio have been brought back together for the new series – expected to be full of cars, stars and non-stop action – before it begins on Amazon Prime on Friday 18th January.
While it was previously reported that the show had been axed after three series, it had been confirmed that The Grand Tour would go on, but not with its usual studio format.
All three stars have signed a new two-year deal with Amazon that is expected to yield as many as four stand alone shows a year, with the presenters travelling to far flung parts of the world in scenes not dissimilar to their globe-trotting adventures on Top Gear.
Classic car: Richard also posed up a storm alongside a more classic car, in the form of a green Ford Mustang 390 from 1965
Throwback: The Ford is certainly a classic car with its two-door streamlined shape
Done: While The Grand Tour will not continue in its studio format, the stars are contracted for two more years to film numerous specials for Amazon Prime Video
The stars also addressed rumours of another series at the show’s launch, though went onto admit that the third series was STILL being finished – despite being days away from its premiere.
Jeremy explained: ‘Well we were signed up by Amazon to do three seasons, but we’re delighted to say that Amazon has asked us to do more.
‘People would say that we couldn’t tell them because we weren’t allowed to, but no we can’t tell you because we haven’t got around to finishing three.’
Richard then joked: ‘We’re still finishing this.’
Passionate: The stars of the car-centric series also took part in a Q and A ahead of the screening
Down in one! James certainly got into the party spirit as he downed a glass of wine at the event
‘We got round to doing this and then we talked to Amazon and they said they’d be delighted, and we love Amazon and they love us and consequently you’ve got us for a few more years yet,’ Jeremy added.
‘Yea, to be honest, we are as you know still doing season three. I’d love to be able to tell you that the entire season is finished, that’s not true. Mr Wilman, go and ask him about why it’s taking so long to edit it.
‘There are still two shows which haven’t been edited, whichever ones they are, so we’re still working hard on three and when that’s over we’ll turn our attention to four, five and however more there are going, and what it’ll be like.’
Big money: Fans can expect no-holds barred excitement when the specials do eventually air, with Clarkson claiming they have been given a huge budget to rival the Marvel film franchise
Casual: Sat on the stage at the lavish launch, Richard, Jeremy and James all spoke about what fans can expect from the upcoming third series
During the chat Richard also spoke about the horrific crash he suffered 18 months ago while filming The Grand Tour, saying he was ‘very proud’ not to have been more seriously injured.
He explained: ‘Yes, I’m very proud not to have crashed. In fact, I finished as intact as when I started. Sorry, didn’t bin it this time. I didn’t crash this time, shame I ruined a perfectly good record.
Jeremy them joked: ‘Can I just say, I hurt myself’ before brandishing a tiny cut on his finger.
Richard then quipped back: ‘Oh, here we go. Ladies and gentleman, if you haven’t eaten now then don’t because this will turn your stomach.
But Jeremy added: ‘The scar is still there, and that was six months ago. I was attempting to bash the beak off a porcelain duck with a hammer, and god knows how I got it wrong.’
Important: Due to the show’s incoming shake-up this will be the last series of The Grand Tour in its current format
And at one point Jeremy also appeared to take a swipe at his former bosses The BBC, when the presenter trio revealed there would be no celebrity guests on the third series.
He said: ‘The fact of the matter is, when we began on the other channel. Radio communism… many years ago, BBC Corbyn.
‘Many years ago it was a British show, it was only really shown in the UK and then it became international and it still is very much international.
‘We are much better known in Italy and China than we are here, weirdly. So there’s no point having a guest, like ‘ladies and gentleman it’s howard from the Halifax advert’ because in Urugauy they haven’t got a f****** clue who he is.
‘So it seemed to us to be no point persevering with the guest, so that segment has gone. No guests in season three.’
The Grand Tour returns on Friday 18th January on Amazon Prime Video.
Back soon: The Grand Tour Season 3 will begin on Friday 18th January on Amazon Prime