> Have you ever watched any of the spin-off Top Gears, like Top Gear US or Top Gear
> Australia? They've already tried to "reinvent" the show, multiple times. It's yet to work.
> The simple fact of the matter is that Jeremy Clarkson is the reason people watch Top
> Gear. Without Clarkson, there's no reason to watch.
I've tried to watch the spinoffs. They are dreadful. To be fair though, I don't think it's *just* Clarkson that makes Top Gear work. I think it's the combination of him, May, and Hammond altogether. They just have a chemistry that makes for some of the most entertaining programming on television and which is unmatched by any of the other random clusters of people that have been thrown together to try to present the spin-offs.
The most entertaining episodes are not the ones where one on the three presents a car and hands it off to The Stig. The best of the best are, IMO, the specials (Vietnam, Bolivia, Botswana, etc.) where the three of them are thrown together in some awkward situation. Clarkson, May, and Hammond suffering, competing, pranking, complaining, and triumphing together is what really makes the show for me... far more than seeing cars that I will probably never own driven around that airport.
And I'm pretty sure they all know that they're a package deal as well. Remember when Hammond was injured in that rocket-car crash? Clarkson and May refused to go on with the show until Hammond had recovered and could return so the three of them could be together.