Controversial trio sign deal to stream new online-only show.
Ex-Top Gear presenters Jeremy Clarkson, Richard Hammond and James May have signed a deal with Amazon to present a brand new car show, it has been announced.
The as-yet-unnamed programme will stream exclusively via Amazon Prime, after the trio ended months of speculation following Clarkson’s public ousting from the BBC.
The 55-year-old, who recently suffered a cancer-scare and the break down of his marriage, said today: “I feel like I’ve climbed out of a bi-plane and into a spaceship.”
Andy Wilman, the executive producer of Top Gear credited with orchestrating Top Gear’s success in recent years, will produce the new programme along with the three frontmen, who are contracted for an initial three series.
No details of the presenters contracts have been revealed, however one Amazon insider claimed the brand have made a “significant investment.”
Clarkson was removed by the BBC after an infamous fracas at a hotel with BBC producer Oisin Tymon earlier this year, which saw Clarkson physically assault Tymon in a row over eating arrangements.
Co-presenters Hammond and May have since rejected offers to continue hosting Top Gear with new recruit Chris Evans, opting instead for pastures new alongside Clarkson.
The trio took to Twitter to confirm the news, with Clarkson revealing he is ‘very excited’ ahead of the new project. Richard Hammond added: “Amazon? Oh yes. I have already been there. I got bitten by a bullet ant.” James May said: “We have become part of the new age of smart TV. Ironic, isn’t it?”
Amazon Prime currently provides free access to over 15,000 movies and TV episodes, as well as 50,000 more to rent or buy. A yearly subscription to the service currently stands at £79.
Filming of the new series is due to start this autumn, with the first run of shows scheduled to broadcast in early 2016.