Top Gear trio announce deal with Amazon

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Jeremy Clarkson has announced via Twitter that the former Top Gear trio of Clarkson, James May and Richard Hammond have signed a deal with Amazon. The online giant was able to beat out reported front-runners Netflix and ITV to secure the services of the trio and will show their new series through its on-demand TV service.

 

This announcement comes after months of speculation following the ill-fated ‘fracas’ with a producer that led to Clarkson being axed and May and Hammond announcing that they would be leaving the Top Gear show.

 

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The deal announced is for three series and will unite the trio with former Top Gear executive producer Andy Wilman. The show title has yet to be named but it is hard to imagine Clarkson, May and Hammond fronting a show that doesn’t bear the Top Gear name. The new venture will rival BBC’s Top Gear and its newly-appointed host, Radio 2 DJ Chris Evans.

 

On announcing the deal Clarkson referred to the move akin to going “out of a bi-plane and into a spaceship”. May also found irony in being “part of the new age of Smart TV”.

 

In order to watch the gang again you’ll need to sign up to Amazon’s Prime service. Production of the new show is reported to begin soon with a launch in early 2016.

 

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