Following his tweet on Friday saying he would stand by Jeremy Clarkson and James May, Richard Hammond has climbed back behind the wheel in a video for his new YouTube channel.
Posted last night at the time Top Gear would ordinarily have been broadcast, the vlog is the Hamster’s third on his post-‘steakgate’ channel ‘Richard Hammond is bored’. In an attempt to stave off boredom – and perhaps earn some extra money via product placement – the Hamster fires up his classic 1931 Lagonda and pops to the shops to buy a Pot Noodle.
Viewers were quick to comment. One posted, “Poor hamster, doesn’t know what to do with himself.”
While another said, “Still better than Top Gear USA.”
The two-minute clip has had 90,000 views online already and looks set to outstrip fellow petrol head James May’s recent shepherds pie tutorial, which also features a rousing rendition of British Grenadiers on the recorder.
When Hammond copied him and posted his first vlog last week, he hit back, tweeting, “Toy trains seems to be edging ahead. And just because Hammond’s bought a posh camera and edit software doesn’t mean I will. Rich bastard.”
Hammond ended speculation that he would return to Top Gear without his fellow presenters on Friday when he tweeted, “To be clear amidst all this talk of us ‘quitting’ or not: there’s nothing for me to ‘quit’. Not about to quit my mates anyway.”
Jeremy Clarkson is yet to follow suit, but the success of May and Hammond raises the question of whether the trio’s next motoring collaboration could be an online only affair?