Jeremy Clarkson, Hammond and May for new show on Amazon
Former Top Gear hosts Jeremy Clarkson, Richard Hammond and James May have signed a deal with Amazon Prime for a new car show.
Clarkson was dropped from the hit BBC car show earlier this year, after a ‘fracas’ in which he allegedly assaulted a producer. Hammond and May also both departed following the incident.
However, after a bidding war that reportedly involved several major TV and online networks, the trio have signed a deal for a new car show with ‘Transparent’ network Amazon Prime.
The move is an unexpected step for Amazon’s streaming service – which found its biggest success last year with the niche transgender-based drama.
Clarkson, Hammond, May and former Top Gear producer Andy Wilman have all signed up to the Amazon deal, which is for a three-series deal with Amazon.
Production on the first series is set to begin soon, while the series is expected to launch next year – though it will make a clean break from Top Gear branding.
The show’s name is yet to be confirmed.
Clarkson said: “I feel like I’ve climbed out of a biplane and into a spaceship.”
May added: “We have become part of the new age of smart TV. Ironic, isn’t it?”
Hammond said: “Amazon? Oh yes. I have already been there. I got bitten by a bullet ant.”
Clarkson recently ‘joked’ on Twitter about he and Richard Hammond becoming “fudge packers” – a pejorative term for gay men – during a visit to a fudge factory in Australia.
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However, Chris Evans was eventually appointed as the show’s new host – and is holding “open auditions” for other members of the team, to replace Richard Hammond and James May.
Clarkson apologised last year for a tweet he sent containing a picture of himself with a sign saying “gay c*nt”.
Clarkson tweeted the image featuring fellow Top Gear host James May, along with the caption “Sadly, I fell asleep on the plane.”
In 2010, Clarkson was criticised for appearing on the show with Alistair Campbell, and in a scene which was deleted saying: “I demand the right not to be bummed.”