Amazon snags Jeremy Clarkson and Top Gear team for new show

30/07/2015

Amazon has signed former Top Gear host Jeremy Clarkson and his former cohosts Richard Hammond and James May to star in a new car show.

The yet-to-be-title show is set to go into production “shortly” and will air as an Amazon Prime exclusive beginning in 2016.

“I feel like I’ve climbed out of a bi-plane and into a spaceship,” said Clarkson, whose last episode as the host of Top Gear aired on June 28th.

BBC director general Tony Hall refused to renew the 55 year old’s contract after a notorious “fracas” at a Yorkshire hotel in March when Top Gear's frontman hit producer Oisin Tymon during a row about catering arrangements.

It is likely to go head to head with the BBC’s new version of Top Gear, which generates around £50 million a year for the Corporation. The new Amazon show will not feature Top Gear’s mysterious driver The Stig.

Last month, the network announced that it had signed Chris Evans to a three-year contract to make him the new host of Top Gear. The 49-year-old Evans is best known for his work on BBC’s Radio 2 as a breakfast show presenter.

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