Richard Hammond’s fear of ‘hurting himself’ sees co-star do ‘all dangerous stuff’ for show | Celebrity News | Showbiz & TV

Richard Hammond’s fear of ‘hurting himself’ sees co-star do ‘all dangerous stuff’ for show | Celebrity News | Showbiz & TV


Richard Hammond, 51, has shared that he has “loads of fear” when filming his TV escapades, following a 2006 car accident on the set of Top Gear which resulted in him being airlifted to hospital. The Great Escapists star revealed producers of his new show have ensured he remains safe by preventing him from undertaking any “dangerous stuff”, and instead make his American co-star Tory Belleci do all the scariest challenges in the survival series.

Richard opened up on his new Amazon Prime show with Scott Mills and Chris Stark on their podcast.

Speaking on different experiences he encountered while making The Great Escapists, he shared: “We made power using a water reel, there were also quite a lot of things that want to eat you there, such as crocodiles knocking about… we had to be a bit cautious of that.”

Chris interrupted: “Do you fear anything Richard? You strike me as someone who is void of all fear now.”

Richard admitted: “No, I’ve got loads of fears… like hurting myself and stuff, that’s why Tory does all the dangerous stuff!

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“Because my company making it obviously thought, ‘Wait a minute, if we hurt the little Brummie fella, there’s no paycheck so let’s get the American one’. 

“So he does all the dangerous stuff in this one. It’s great,” he added.

The Great Escapists finds Richard and his co-star shipwrecked on a beautiful desert island where he is challenged to not only survive but also create a “paradise”.

The series follows Richard and Mythbusters star Tory as they construct a wonderful exotic island, as they take on huge feats of engineering to make the impossible, possible.

Explaining the series, Richard told BT: “It’s a big one, a noise-maker. It’s not often you get to work on something genuinely new, but this is genuinely new because it’s a mash-up of pop science, engineering, survival and drama.

“It’s two guys off two of the biggest pop science shows ever – myself and Tory Belleci – who’ve been cast away on a desert island. Thanks to their pop science knowledge, they are surviving.

“Not only surviving but sur-thriving. They wash up on this island then gradually build bits and pieces to help them firstly find food, shelter and water, but then they increasingly build a more and more luxurious place to live with better toys to make their lives better, or great Hooch,” he added.

However, it appears that Richard is not keen on putting his life in danger for audiences, following a crash while behind the wheel of a Vampire Dragster on Top Gear left him seriously injured 15 years ago.

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Richard has since admitted that he had “barely recovered” when he went back to film more episodes of Top Gear, after he had suffered a significant brain injury from a collision in September 2006 while filming the programme.

After making a recovery, less than six months later the TV host made a triumphant return with his brain still “scrambled” from the accident.

He spoke openly about his mental state following the accident in an interview for YouTube channel DriveTribe, alongside Evo magazine owner and close friend Harry Metcalfe.

He recalled being originally offered a red Ferrari Maranello back in 2006 by Harry: “He offered it to me and I was still a bit skewed up top.”

Harry interjected: “It wasn’t that big a crash!”

Richard jokingly played along: “I just made a fuss!”

The Grand Tour host detailed how his brain felt mixed up and his wife Mindy Hammond wanted something to cheer him up after his hospital ordeal and return to the show that made him a household name.

Richard continued: “So I was a little bit scrambled, but my wife had stayed with the idea and been talking to Harry because we all know each other anyway.

“I was filming in the North Pole, which I shouldn’t have been doing because I was still barely bl**dy recovered. 

“I was still mad as a bag of snakes. I wasn’t really fixed by any means. But while I had been away Mindy had spoken to Harry and arranged to buy it,” he added.





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