Series 1 of The Grand Tour got a lot more things right than it did wrong, but it still did have its fair share of parts which were, well, a bit rubbish. Take Celebrity Brain Crash for example. But news has emerged today that will surely have fans of the Amazon Prime show breathing a collective sigh of relief – ‘The American’ will not be returning in Series 2.
NASCAR driver Mike Skinner, who portrayed the brash, redneck-inspired stereotypical American racing driver announced the news on Twitter: “For your information I won’t be joining the guys on The Grand Tour’s 2nd season,” he wrote. “I wish them all the luck. My character wasn’t developed as I was told.”
This will come as no surprise to many, ourselves included, after ‘The American’ was singled out as being one of the worse aspects of The Grand Tour’s first series. The problem with ‘The American’ was that he simply wasn’t entertaining in any way at all. We struggled to find any redeeming features – his complaints whilst behind the wheel weren’t funny, and don’t even get us started on the endless stream of communist jokes.
The character was shitty to say the least. Amazingly, Skinner seems to think so, too.
“I agree with many of you that it sucked,” he wrote. “If you’re gonna wear Evil Knievel’s firesuit, you need to be Evil Flipping Knievel!”
“By the way… I enjoyed some of those cars I got to drive & I don’t really hate the Brits,” he added.
It is unclear at this stage who The Grand Tour will choose to take over Eboladrome lap duties following Skinner’s departure. But once again they’ll have to go to great lengths to ensure the driver has absolutely nothing in common with The Stig – to avoid being sued by the BBC.
Who do you think they should choose?