Richard Hammond told how he got a job at Top GearJuly 11, 2020
Former Top Gear host Richard Hammond told how he managed to get on the show. He shared his story on the Drive Tribe portal, created in conjunction with the other two ex-legends of the show – Jeremy Clarkson and James May.
Hammond said that to listen to the show, he prepared a review of his Renault Laguna company car. The editors liked the video, and Hammond was invited to a meeting in the office, where he met his future co-host Clarkson, screenwriter Richard Porter and executive producer Andy Wilman.
As a final test, Clarkson asked him to talk about the merits of the Skoda Superb in real time – this part of the listening was not easy for Hammond. According to him, he left the editorial office in a depressed state, as he believed that he had done it not in the best way. However, after several months he was contacted and informed that he got a job. Not believing his ears, Hammond burst into tears and celebrated a joyful event with a bottle of champagne.
Clarkson later told him what prompted the editors to decide – it was an old 1982 Porsche 911 SC SC, at which Hammond came to audition, and his witty jokes.
Hammond became the Top Gear presenter in 2002 and has worked on the show for 13 years. In 2016, three ex-presenters created a new show – The Grand Tour.
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