James May hits back after Jeremy Clarkson claims ‘he’s not really with us’ during filming

The Grand Tour: Jeremy Clarkson stars in Lochdown trailer

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Speaking to press including Express.co.uk, Jeremy Clarkson, 61, said James May, 58, was “not really with” him and Richard Hammond, 51, during filming as he was “too busy” thinking about poetry. In the latest episodes of the show, the pair played yet another prank on their co-star by filling up his caravan with water during their trip to Scotland.

Jeremy said he doesn’t believe James will ever get revenge on them, as he’s busy in his own world.

He divulged: “James gets in the car and thinks about victorian poetry. He doesn’t really know where he is, until he goes to the lavatory.

“So, he doesn’t actually think about getting us back, he’s drenched, gets in the car, victorian poetry.”

Giving an example, he said his co-star will sometimes follow the wrong camera car or takes the wrong turn during filming.

“He’s never really with us. He lives in a very happy place of his own,” he added.

Hitting back at Jeremy’s swipe, James said while he is a fan of poetry and the likes of Robert Burns, he wasn’t thinking about it all the time.

“I do read quite a lot of poetry and can recite it as well, but it doesn’t mean I think about it all the time.

“A lot of people do find poetry entertaining and interesting,” he continued.

He added he believes Jeremy is “largely jealous” of him because he can make up new words, while his co-star “can’t do it because he doesn’t understand metre”.

“I can write poetry as well which marks you as a sophisticate,” he added.

James went on to say he had plans to get revenge on his co-stars after they retire.

At first, the car enthusiast said: “I’m just not interested in retaliation and revenge is a dish that should be served cold anyway.”

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But swiftly changing his mind, he added: “I might do it long after we’ve all retired. I might go and burn down Richard Hammond’s Lake District house or something.”

On retirement, James added he felt like he already had retired during lockdown which left him “slightly worried”.

Filming for The Grand Tour was put on hold due to the coronavirus pandemic, meaning his schedule was a little less busier than usual.

Thankfully, the trio have since managed to film new episodes of the show with special measures in place. 

This time, viewers will see the squad heading to the Outer Hebrides for one of their toughest challenges yet.

The Grand Tour Presents: Lochdown will launch Friday 30th July on Amazon Prime Video.

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