Breaking News. Amazon won the race to sign former Top Gear host Jeremy Clarkson, Richard Hammond and James May.
Ousted BBC host Jeremy Clarkson has reportedly found a home for a new car show. The Wall Street Journal reports that former Top Gear hosts Jeremy Clarkson, Richard Hammond and James May signed with Amazon Prime.
The sources of the report say that Jeremy Clarkson and his colleges will start producing a new, unscripted series about cars exclusively for Amazon Prime.
Netflix has long rumored to be interested in a car show hosted by Clarkson. Amazon is somewhat a surprise winner. "We’ve never seen a horse race like this," one person familiar with the process said.
A new car show with Jeremy Clarkson is a big reason to sign-up for the $99 a year Amazon Prime service for car fans around the world.
Update: Jeremy Clarkson and Amazon confirmed the Amazon deal on Twitter.
The new Amazon Car show will premiere in 2016.
BBC already found a replacement for Clarkson on Top Gear. Radio star Chris Evans will host the new season of Top Gear. Will he prevail against the new Clarkson car show on Amazon? Only time will tell, but my bets are on Jeremy Clarkson.
Jeremy Clarkson, the original lead presenter of the Top Gear lineup was dropped in March after he was found guilty of punching a producer on location.
Top Gear was originally started in 1977 as a conventional motoring program. It gained a widespread popularity after its relaunch in 2002 when it was presented by Jeremy Clarkson in a quirky and humorous way. The show features various segments all related to motor vehicles especially cars.
Top Gear has more than 350 million viewers around the world, which makes it one of most popular TV shows of the planet.