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Ex-Top Gear presenter ''chuffed'' at Chris Evans' exit as Clarkson, May and Hammond take Grand Tour to Italy

Mirror logo Mirror 8/07/2016 Danny Walker

© Provided by Mirror The Grand Tour team have finally revealed their views on Chris Evans' Top Gear exit.

Ex-BBC presenter James May said he was "chuffed" at the replacement host's departure, according to a video posted online.

May, 53, was filming in Italy when he was asked for his reaction to Evans’ departure after two disastrous months.

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May can be heard saying he was “very chuffed’” as he, Jeremy Clarkson and Richard Hammond are mobbed by fans while filming their new Amazon show Grand Tour.

Clarkson , 56, who was driving an orange Aston Martin in Vicenza’s main square. snapped “don’t be stupid” when asked by the same Mail Online reporter if he had a message for Evans.

Later Clarkson took to Twitter to claim the version of events presented by the website was 'utter utter horses**t'.

He wrote: "Whoever wrote it should be ashamed of themselves. We have you on camera. We can prove you made the quotes up. You're a disgrace."

Later he clarified his comments in a tweet to the Sunday Mirror's Nigel Pauley suggesting he was more angry at other aspects of the story.

He wrote: "We filmed an amusing scene which has been described as an ego trip and a victory parade. It was neither."

The presenter also complained: "My car is sunburnt orange. Not brown."

And May also took offence to the description of the car's colour, adding: Clarkson's Aston is brown, not 'orange'. #ShoddyReporting"

The third member of the trio, Richard Hammond, 46, added: "A lot of bollocks about our Vicenza visit. All of it, in fact. But worst: Jeremy's car is Brown, not orange."

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This follows the news that Clarkson's new Amazon Prime motoring show The Grand Tour will be making a stop-off in the UK.

Each week they will travel to a new destination to film the studio section in front of a live audience housed within "a giant tent".

Amazon had previously confirmed the first recording would take place in Johannesburg, South Africa, later this month - with further locations revealed soon.

Clarkson, Hammond and May left BBC Two's flagship motoring show last year following Clarkson's "fracas" with Top Gear producer Oisin Tymon, but are back in the driving seat with their rival magazine car show.

The exact city locations of the studio recordings will be revealed later this summer, along with details on how Amazon customers can secure audience tickets.

* The Grand Tour will launch exclusively on Amazon Prime in autumn 2016

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