Jeremy Clarkson's many fans might be excited about his new Amazon Prime show, but the presenter has said it "doesn't matter" whether
is a success.
"The stakes are lower. I'm now 56, it doesn't really matter anymore, because I'll be dead soon," he told Newsweek magazine.
"People could say, 'This is a terrible programme and Amazon's wasted its money', and I'll go, 'Yeah, I'll be dead before they even notice'."
Although Clarkson claims to be indifferent to the success of his own show, he let slip that he has taken an interest in the ailing fortunes of BBC Two's
, which saw its ratings plummet this year following Clarkson's departure.
When asked if he knew about Top Gear's shrinking ratings, he said: "I honestly don't know what they were... he lied."
Despite the presenter's pessimism, it seems The Grand Tour is likely to draw a large audience.
Amazon do not release the viewing figures for their original programmes, but according to Amazon executive Jay Marine the show's trailer has notched up more than 12 million views online since its release last month.
The show, which begins on Amazon on November 18, was picked up by the online retailer following a reported bidding war with Netflix.
The opening sequence alone is said to have cost at least £2.5 milllion ($3.39 million), and features more than 2000 extras.
However, Clarkson has cast doubt on the show's estimated £160 million price-tag, suggesting the budget wasn't as high as "newspaper talk" would suggest. "[Netflix] were bidding about the same as Amazon," he told
"We just preferred Amazon."
Newsweek's interview also revealed that the Grand Tour team had been drinking a bit too much in the evenings while filming a sequence for the first episode in the Californian desert.
The magazine had been promised interview time Clarkson's co-presenters, Richard Hammond and James May, but Hammond failed to appear: "The official line is [Hammond is] dehydrated after being in the desert," Clarkson told
"The truth is, he got paralytically drunk last night and he's hungover."