Ex-‘Top Gear’ Trio to Host New Car Show for Amazon Prime

30 Jul 2015 | Author: | No comments yet »

Amazon Prime sign up former Top Gear trioThe 55-year-old star had hosted the successful car series as a trio alongside Richard Hammond and James May until earlier this year when Jeremy was fired over punching a producer.

It has since been confirmed Chris Evans is to take over the popular programme, but Jeremy isn’t missing out at it was revealed this morning that he will present with his pals once again on a show for Amazon Prime. Despite being shocked at the broadcaster’s decision not to renew his contract, Clarkson had said he was confident he would do another car show eventually. Well, the company has made a number of big moves recently in an attempt to propel Prime Video, its subscription TV and film content service, into the big time by signing up big names and winning big awards. Rumours have mainly centred on Jodie Kidd, Phillip Glenister and Guy Martin, but new revelations have pointed towards someone almost entirely unexpected: Formula One driver Jenson Button.

Amazon said the new show, to be overseen by the trio’s long-time executive producer Andy Wilman, will be available on its subscription streaming service Amazon Prime next year and will run for three seasons. Clarkson, 55, was replaced as lead presenter of the globally popular Top Gear show — aired in more than 200 countries and watched by 350 million viewers worldwide — by television presenter and DJ Chris Evans. Clarkson had generated both controversy and profits for Britain’s publicly-funded broadcaster, and had been on a final warning over accusations last year he had used racist language while filming the show. My guess is that [Amazon Studios vice president] Roy Price will regret this.” Since then the BBC have brought the show home after it appeared on BBC America in April this year and the third series will air on BBC One tomorrow at 9pm. In an interview with BBC’s Top Gear magazine, he said: “This is, without doubt, the most challenging thing I have ever done in my career,” comparing his move to when he took over the Radio 2 show from Terry Wogan. “People kept saying [after Wogan] I had ‘big shoes to fill’, and they’re saying it again now.

A Top Gear television crew was forced to flee Argentina after driving a Porsche 928 GT with the registration number H982 FKL, which some people suggested could have referred to the Falklands conflict. It’s all about Jeffrey Tambor’s transgender character Maura Pfefferman, who was born Morton Pfefferman, and his family’s reaction after they find out he identifies himself as a woman.

I don’t mean they’re wrong or they’re right, it’s just such a predictable thing to say – and, by the way, Jeremy is very tall, so they’re even bigger shoes.” We can’t wait to see what Jeremy, Richard, James and the team will create in what is sure to be one of the most globally anticipated shows of 2016,” he said in a statement.

The show has yet to be named, but London Evening Standard newspaper reports the deal sees a minimum of three series and that an Amazon insider calls the move a “significant investment”. Top Gear was relaunched in 2002 and the three men made it a hit all around the globe, with famous names including Hugh Grant, Ewan McGregor, Eric Bana and Sienna Miller all jumping at the chance to get involved.

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