Mike Skinner, the NASCAR driver known as “The American” who acted as The Grand Tour’s on-hand expert driver, announced today via Twitter he will not be returning for season two.
FYI I won't be joining the guys on @thegrandtour 2nd season – I wish them all the luck. My character wasn't developed as I was told.
— Mike Skinner (@MSTheGunslinger) November 7, 2017
Skinner states on Twitter that he is leaving the program in part because “my character wasn’t developed as I was told.” It’s unclear whether the decision was Skinner’s or Amazon’s.
If you weren’t able to catch any of Season One, Skinner played the role of a stereotypical American with a disdain for any car without an American badge. It was clear from the start that The American was the show’s version of Top Gear’s The Stig, but just different enough to avoid legal trouble.
It’s unclear whether Skinner will be replaced with another driver, or if the role will be dropped altogether.