Amazon scores a huge win, signs former Top Gear hosts to exclusive new car show

By Shawn Knight
Jul 30, 2015
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  1. Top Gear fans, rejoice! Amazon has signed Jeremy Clarkson, Richard Hammond and James May to host a new car show that’ll be available exclusively for Amazon Prime members. The contract calls for a minimum of three seasons, the company said earlier today in a press release.

    Jay Marine, Vice President of Amazon Prime Video EU, said customers told them they wanted to see the team back on the screen and they are excited to make that happen.

    The first season of the unnamed show will debut in 2016, Amazon said. It’ll be produced by the trio’s longtime executive producer Andy Wilman, who also left the show following Clarkson’s dismissal earlier this year.

    Wilman told the BBC that the show’s format would contain themes that people are familiar with, adding that they’re all really excited about the fact that they’ll be free to produce programming without someone telling them what they can and can’t do.

    Back in March, Clarkson got into an argument with Top Gear producer Oisin Tymon over catering arrangements. According to reports, Clarkson assaulted Tymon which led to his dismissal later that month. Co-hosts Hammond and May ultimately left the show as well, bringing an end to the world’s most popular factual television program.

    Despite rumblings that Amazon or Netflix may sign the trio, many believed they would never again appear together on a car show. Amazon’s signing of the three is a huge get for its original programming division as it’s sure to attract millions of viewers.

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  2. Steve

    Steve TechSpot Editor Posts: 2,184   +1,215

    Can't wait to see them back in action :)
  3. BlueDrake

    BlueDrake TS Evangelist Posts: 344   +101

    I'm sure this going to have a mixed response from fans, but I seriously hope they get back to what they enjoyed. :)
  4. Per Hansson

    Per Hansson TS Server Guru Posts: 1,926   +185

    Same here!
    Been following the news about this ever since it started earlier this year...
    Steve likes this.
  5. Benny26

    Benny26 TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,533   +48

    Same for me too. Nice to have them coming back.
    Steve likes this.
  6. davislane1

    davislane1 TS Evangelist Posts: 3,370   +2,163

  7. Skidmarksdeluxe

    Skidmarksdeluxe TS Evangelist Posts: 6,335   +1,937

    Obviously they were offered eye watering salaries. I wonder if Clarkson will knuckle Bezos over if they made his coffee too strong.
    At any rate I couldn't care less, Top Gear was never one of my favourite shows anyway.
  8. davislane1

    davislane1 TS Evangelist Posts: 3,370   +2,163

    Then why did you comment? :p
  9. LNCPapa

    LNCPapa TS Special Forces Posts: 4,202   +422

    I can't wait. I may actually get an Amazon Prime account when this starts.
  10. wiyosaya

    wiyosaya TS Maniac Posts: 933   +238

    I think Clarkson knuckling Bezos is a foregone conclusion.
  11. Kevin82485

    Kevin82485 TS Booster Posts: 159   +41

    My favorite trio on TV. I wonder what they'll call the new show.
  12. GeforcerFX

    GeforcerFX TS Evangelist Posts: 488   +122

    Prime Speed

    IAMTHESTIG TS Evangelist Posts: 905   +240

    Cool.... curious to see how it turns out.
  14. indiangamer

    indiangamer TS Enthusiast Posts: 57   +9

    What about the stig?
  15. Railman

    Railman TS Booster Posts: 708   +101

    Well if Ripper Street is anything to go by then we can expect this new show to turn up on the BBC a year down the road after appearing on Amazon.
  16. davislane1

    davislane1 TS Evangelist Posts: 3,370   +2,163

    Some say he always had it in for the BBC, and that a secret corporate backer made him an offer so generous he couldn't refuse.
    Steve and noel24 like this.

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