Well, we’re finally here. We’ve just witnessed the inaugural episode of The Grand Tour. It doesn’t feel like a whole lot of time has gone by since Jeremy Clarkson was fired from Top Gear, but in fact it’s been over a year and a half. Much has happened since then!

To recap, here are the events that brought us here.

March 2015

  • News of Jeremy Clarkson’s suspension from Top Gear breaks. The show isn’t broadcasted the following Sunday. The details for this aren’t clear and all we know is that there was a “fracas.”
  • We learn that the “fracas” involved Jeremy Clarkson punching a producer. Also, two more episodes of Top Gear series 22 are suspended.
  • Oisin Tymon is identified as the unfortunate producer who bore the brunt of Clarkson’s hangry wrath.
  • The BBC cancels the last, unaired episodes of Top Gear series 22.
  • Richard Hammond and James May reportedly refuse to film any more Top Gear without their pal.
  • Jeremy Clarkson is officially fired from Top Gear.

April 2015

May 2015

June 2015

July 2015

September 2015

  • Will the new show be called “Gear Knobs”? Hmm...

October 2015

February 2016

  • Clarkson settles his whole punched-a-dude-in-the-face thing and formally apologizes to him. Very compassionately, too.

May 2016

July 2016

August 2016


September 2016

October 2016


November 2016

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