Ex-Top Gear Hosts Sign With Amazon For Car Show That Defs Won’t Be A Ripoff

It ain’t Top Gear, but you can bet it’ll be as close to it as legally possible.

The show’s former hosts Jeremy Clarkson, Richard Hammond and James May have all signed a deal with Amazon Prime to host a new car show, airing in 2016.

Former Top Gear executive producer Andy Wilman (who also quit the BBC post-Clarkson going ham over hot food and decking a producer) is also on board.

“I can’t tell you how good it feels to get the chance to produce something from scratch. We’re all really excited. No one telling us what we can and can’t do, just us hopefully producing great programmes. It feels really liberating.”

Translation: SUCK IT, BCC.

Never let it be said that the trio are dull; here are their offish statements from the press release:

Clarkson: “I feel like I’ve climbed out of a biplane and into a spaceship.”

Hammond: “Amazon? Oh yes. I have already been there. I got bitten by a bullet ant.”

May: “We have become part of the new age of smart TV. Ironic, isn’t it?”

And their tweets:

While Amazon’s not disclosing what the deal amounted to – “We have made a significant investment” – it was reported that the BBC offered May and Hammond a combined package of £4.6 million to come back to Top Gear for two to three more years. They declined, so the BBC went with THIS GUY 

The first season is set to be available worldwide. Amazon Prime is obvs. not available for Australian audiences, so TBD who’ll win those rights over here.

via BBC / Evening Standard