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Richard Hammond, 50, breaks silence on new Top Gear team ‘Ours took 20 years’

Former Top Gear presenter Richard Hammond, 50, has spoken out about the show’s current line-up, which consists of Paddy McGuinness, Freddie Flintoff and Chris Harris. The Grand Tour star said he thinks the trio have “good chemistry”.

When asked if he had seen the new Top Gear, he told this week’s Radio Times: “I didn’t get to see it because I was travelling the whole time the series was on.

“I gather it was well received and they’re getting into their stride, which is fantastic news.

“It sounds like they have a good chemistry. Ours took 20 years to get.”

Richard, Jeremy Clarkson and James May left the show in 2015 and now front Amazon series The Grand Tour.

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Richard Hammond: The Grand Tour star discussed the latest Top Gear line-up (Image: PA•GETTY)

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Richard Hammond shared his thoughts about Chris Harris, Freddie Flintoff and Paddy McGuinness (Image: BBC)

Last year, it was announced that Paddy and Freddie will be joining Chris, who joined the show in 2016.

Following this news, current host Paddy McGuinness revealed the secret chat he had with Richard Hammond ahead of the show.

In an exclusive chat with Express.co.uk, he said: “I’ve met Richard Hammond at the Pride of Britain Awards and he just said, ‘Good luck with it and I really hope it does well’ and all that, he’s the only person [from the show] that I’ve met.”

Richard’s co-star James May has also given his opinion about the new line-up.

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Richard Hammond fronted the show alongside Jeremy Clarkson and James May (Image: GETTY)

Richard Hammond said it took ’20 years’ to have chemistry with Jeremy and James (Image: GETTY)

The car enthusiast recently said he feels as though the new trio are “a bit forced”.

Speaking to Digital Spy, he said: “Yeah. I’ve been watching it quite regularly since we stopped.

“It’s quite nice to watch Top Gear when you’re not on it, which I haven’t been able to do for, you know, 13 years or whatever.”

But, the host went on to say he thinks they are doing a “good job”.

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He added: “I think, well, it was a bit of a shaky start, if we’re honest.

“It took them a while to work out how to do it. But I think they’re doing a fairly good job now. It’s almost as good as ours.

“Occasionally, it feels a bit forced.”

Last year, Jeremy shared his thoughts about the show on the Jonathan Ross show.

When asked about reports that the show had a decline in viewing figures after his team left, he replied: “James and Richard are always ‘oh, it’s a shame, we wish them all the best…but I don’t.”

The Take Me Out host previously said it was a “real honour” to take other hosting duties on the show.

“It’s a real honour and I’m thrilled the BBC have given me this opportunity,” he said in a statement.

“To be hosting a show I’ve watched and loved from being a small boy is beyond exciting.

“Top Gear fans worldwide are a passionate bunch and I consider myself one of them. Now let’s start up this Great British machine and see what it can do!”

Read the full interview in Radio Times magazine out now. 

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