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Today has been a turbulent day for Grand Tour fans. Rumours have been doing the rounds on the Internet for many hours, and are showing no signs of stopping.
Fear not, for Shifting Lanes is here to cut through all the nonsense and provide some much-needed clarity on the issue.
JULY 2015: CLARKSON, HAMMOND AND MAY SIGN UP FOR 3 SEASONS OF THE GRAND TOUR
The initial contractual agreement between the presenting trio and Amazon Prime Video, which is still in force today, signs the boys up for 36 episodes of The Grand Tour, spread over three seasons. That means we still have an entire, full-length season 3 to come later this year (as well as season 2's Colombia special, of course).
DECEMBER 2016: JAMES MAY SAYS HE WON'T DO THE GRAND TOUR FOR MORE THAN 5 YEARS
In an interview with the Radio Times, May said that 'within the next five years I don't want to be fart-arsing around'.
'We have to accept that fairly soon we will be too old for it', he continued. 'Eventually, I want someone else to do it,' he added.
JANUARY/FEBRUARY 2018: JEREMY CLARKSON ANNOUNCES NEW TV VENTURES - ON HIS OWN
Clarkson will be back on terrestrial TV in the coming months - on his own.
11TH MARCH: DAILY MAIL REPORTS THAT THE GRAND TOUR WILL BE AXED AFTER SEASON 3
A MailOnline article reported that Amazon will not renew The Grand Tour for a fourth season, citing unnamed sources.
CLARKSON RESPONDS IN HIS TRADEMARK STYLE ON TWITTER
Clarkson has responded to the reports on Twitter by slamming the Daily Mail and mocking fans for believing the story.
However, he also refrained from announcing a fourth season of TGT.
12TH MARCH: CLARKSON REPORTEDLY CONFIRMS THAT THE RUMOURS ARE FALSE
According to the Daily Star, Clarkson said the following: 'All I will say for now is that, as usual, the reports are inaccurate.' Mirroring his tweets the previous day (see above), he also added that it would be 'hilarious' if anyone believed 'the fucking stories' and thought he would be out of a job.
SO... IS IT BEING CANCELLED OR NOT?
Quite simply, as yet, we're not sure. We always knew it wouldn't continue indefinitely, but we don't yet know whether or not The Grand Tour will continue beyond Season 3.
My best guess is that no one knows at this point. The current contract doesn't expire until Season 3 has ended, so it's likely that even Amazon and the boys don't know how long it will continue for.
In the words of Shakespeare, behold and see.