Amazon snags Jeremy Clarkson and Top Gear team for new show


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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