Clarkson & Co's GQ Award Speech Is Epically Awkward

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Clarkson & Co's GQ Award Speech Is Epically AwkwardClarkson & Co's GQ Award Speech Is Epically AwkwardClarkson & Co's GQ Award Speech Is Epically AwkwardClarkson & Co's GQ Award Speech Is Epically Awkward
My favorite old Top Gear moment is James May's delayed "Hello" because it perfectly summarizes how I act when I meet new people, especially women. However, this GQ award acceptance speech is just as awkward
I want to call it "typically Top Gear," but we're not supposed to associate the trio of presenters with their BBC program. As Olympic Sailor Ben Ainslie says in his intro, "some say they're a cultural phenomenon. And some say they just like messing around in cars. All we know is they're brilliant and the reason we put an Amazon box in our TV."

It's not the best intro in the history of giving out awards, but what follows is even more cringe-worthy. The trio arrives on stage and can't decide who's going to speak. Clarkson steps up to the mike and says "Hammond is full of gin and so I'll take over."

Did he have to mention the alcohol? He didn't, but it just made it funnier. After that, he jokingly pretends that The Grand Tour is the first to receive an award that night and concludes with "we are very old men and are honored."

Of course, there's behind the scenes stuff that only fans will think of, like Richard saying "I love you" to his wife on stage. The horrible accident he was involved in earlier this year put a lot of pressure on Mandy Hammond.

"Before they loaded him on to the stretcher he called me, anxious to let me know he’d “had a bit of a shunt” but was okay. James spoke to me moments later and gave me a little more information,"
she said in an interview.

Clarkson, on the other hand, says pneumonia nearly killed him. As May put it, the trio of presenters are getting a little old and won't be able to do their job for much longer. But at least Season 2 of The Grand Tour is safe.

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