James May: The Grand Tour host addresses family mystery in candid revelation ‘He isn’t’

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The Grand Tour star James May, 57, was quizzed about rumours he has been linked to over the years, including whether or not his dad worked as a priest. It comes as the former Top Gear presenter spoke candidly about his family life in a recent broadcast.

Presenter Andy Jay explained to the TV veteran that he had some “random facts” which he wanted to pose to him.

“I’ve had some random facts swimming in my mind about you for quite a long time now,” the Driven podcast host explained.

“I don’t know how many of them are true or not.”

He continued: “Can I just sense check a few and then we can talk about your theory test app.

“I also want to talk to you about cooking and various other things.”

The Grand Tour star interjected and quizzed whether one of the questions was about his dad being a priest.

James replied: “Is one of the questions, ‘Is my dad really a priest?’ No he isn’t.”

The car enthusiast did not go into further detail of where the rumour originated – although James was a choirboy as a child.

Andy chuckled: “Actually no. That wasn’t one of the questions.”

In the same conversation, James addressed his early life and admitted he had “no ambition”.

The ex Top Gear presenter and cooking show host revealed he struggled to figure out his career path.

“I did a music degree. I don’t honestly think that I ever imagined I would be a musician,” James explained.


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“It was another thing I did because I was able to do it and I quite fancied going to university.”

He continued: “You have to remember I was pretty useless as a young person.

“I had no ambition and no vision for my future. I was pretty lazy and a late developer.

“The future was always a grey fog. It still is a bit of a grey fog to be honest.”

Despite this, James has gone on to become a part of one of the most successful presenting partnerships with Jeremy Clarkson and Richard Hammond since 2003.

He is best known for hosting Top Gear from 2002 to 2015 and now The Grand Tour.

James first appeared in a driving show on Channel 4 in 1998 and he has presented a self-titled show called Top Toys for the BBC.

More recently, Amazon confirmed his new cooking series titled James May: Oh Cook!

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