Former BBC Top Gear presenters Jeremy Clarkson, Richard Hammond and James May have signed a new deal to present a new car show on Amazon via their streaming service in what is seen as one of the biggest coups in TV history.
The programme is set to go live next year and will be produced by former Top Gear executive Andy Wilman, who is an old friend of Clarkson’s and is credited with revamping Top Gear and turning it into the world’s most successful factual TV show.
The deal ends months of speculation about the future of the trio following Clarkson’s spectacular departure from the BBC after 27 years, followed by his teammates.
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.
Co-presenters Hammond and May also bowed out saying that working with Clarkson’s replacement – later revealed to be Radio 2 DJ Chris Evans was “a non-starter.