Jeremy Clarkson cried during the final 'Grand Tour' studio show because he never got to say goodbye to 'Top Gear'.

Richard Hammond and Jeremy Clarkson

Richard Hammond and Jeremy Clarkson

The 59-year-old TV presenter admitted it was very emotional bringing an end to 17 years of filming in front of a live audience, and says the tears could have been down to missing out on a send-off from the BBC motoring show when he was axed in 2015 following an altercation with a producer.

He told The Sun newspaper: "So, you know, you do something for 17 years and then it goes. It's a wrench. Even though 'The Grand Tour' goes on, it's a wrench to say goodbye to the studio element of it for sure.

"The truth of it is, I think, I never got the chance to say goodbye to 'Top Gear'. One minute I was there and one minute I wasn't. It was like, did the show and then never did another one.

"Never said goodbye. Never got a gold watch. Never got a retirement speech. Nothing. So this was almost as though we were saying goodbye to 'Top Gear' as well. That's why it was so emotional for me."

Although Jeremy's emotional moment was captured on film and aired in the final scenes of the Amazon Prime show's third series, he insisted he wasn't the only one tearing up.

He added: "James [May] is made of wood. You'll very rarely get James to get unmanly, he'd call it unmanly.

"But behind the scenes were quite a few quivery lips. People who I've worked with for 20 years or so."