Richard Hammond has revealed the extent of his and their family’s financial worries right after he left the BBC and Top Gear in 2015. The TV presenter, 53, was left with no income after a shock exit from the show after co-star Jeremy Clarkson has been suspended and then axed for an “unprovoked physical attack” on producer Oisin Tymon.
With no finances coming in, Hammond was remaining worrying over being able to pay for private school tuition for his two daughters plus his private castle home, reports the particular Mirror . He wasn’t the only one worried, as child Izzy also feared the family couldn’t afford the basics and even a KFC takeaway.
In the Fuelling Around podcast, Hammond explained: “After we finished the show James had come over to stay with me for a few days. We’d gone to Kentucky Fried Chicken to get lunch for everyone with Izzy. “We got to the front of the queue, put our order within, and James typically said: ‘Oh, oh, I’ll pay Hammond’ and I stated ‘no, no mate, I’ll pay’ and he said ‘no, no, simply no I’ll pay’.
“And there was the pause, just when the whole restaurant experienced gone quiet, and Izzy said: ‘Well technically lads, I should pay as you haven’t got a job between you’. And the particular place detonated with laughter. ”
He added: “She obviously then thought ‘this is the best game’. So subsequently, at the end of the queue within Morrisons, because I had been waiting to pay she would say very loudly: ‘Daddy, daddy, so when does your credit card stop working? ‘ and I’d go ‘Oh, for God’s sake, ‘ and again a whole store of people were in hysterics. ”
Financial worries could be set to rear their head again with regard to Hammond. This individual, alongside May and Clarkson, are facing uncertainty around their programme The Grand Tour, upon Amazon Prime.
The concerns come since rumours circulate that Amazon Prime is severing ties with Clarkson following the outrage plus scandal right after his column in The particular Sun made comments about Meghan Markle.
Variety reported shows currently in the particular works are started go ahead, but Clarkson will not be renewed for any future programmes past 2024 and his other series, Clarkson’s Farm, will end with collection three next year.
If The Grand Tour is stopped, it could hit Hammond hard, as he has reportedly been ploughing money into their classic car restoration business the Smallest Cog.
Co-star James Might has already admitted to finding the current scandal and uncertainty ‘difficult’.
Hammond explained how he found it last time Jeremy Clarkson saw their TV future in jeopardy when the particular trio still left Top Gear: “The finish of Best Gear was tough, it was the end of a good era and we knew we got to stick together.
“I was there, I’m on record because saying this, I was presently there and it wasn’t a proud moment regarding anybody. But Jeremy was not fired, they didn’t renew his contract for the following year. inch