Well, chock this up as good news for belligerent British TV stars everywhere: if the BBC fires you, you can just pack up and move everything to Amazon Prime (or any of the other dozens of streaming services out there).
In a stunning coup, Amazon Prime announced that Top Gear star Jeremey Clarkson will be hosting a new car show on the service starting next year and that he’s bringing co-stars James May and Richard Hammond along for the ride. This follows months of speculation regarding the future of the popular BBC program, after Clarkson was fired in March in relation to a physical altercation with Top Gear producer Oisin Tymon at a Yorkshire hotel.
It comes as no surprise to learn that Hammond and May did not get on well with Clarkson’s replacement, Radio 2 DJ Chris Evans, citing the new Clarkson-less Top Gear as “a non-starter.” Amazon has already committed to three seasons of the as yet unnamed show and filming of the first season is expected to begin this Fall.
— Amazon Prime Video UK (@primevideouk) July 30, 2015
The Amazon deal is sure to make the BBC unhappy, as Top Gear will now have to directly compete with the new show, which will notably give Clarkson, Hammond, and May full creative freedom.
Jay Marine, vice president of Amazon Prime Video EU, sees the Top Gear deal as a boon for the company’s streaming service and the beginning of better things to come: ““This is a golden age of television, a great time for TV makers and storytellers. Our approach is to give programme makers creative freedom to be innovative and make the shows they want to make. This is just the start, you should expect to see more world-leading talent and the biggest shows on Prime Video.”
(Via: London Evening Standard)