Clarkson, May & Hammond’s New Show Coming To Amazon Prime
It’s been too long since we last heard any news about our favorite former-Top Gear presenters, but don’t you worry, because it was just announced all three will host a new motoring show on Amazon Prime!
Jeremy Clarkson just dropped the big news on his Twitter account, revealing a deal between the three Brits and the U.S.-based online behemoth, adding he was turned down for the role of chief drone pilot (“Apparently they want us to make a car show,” Clarkson writes in a tweet.)
Hints about the new show have been trickling in for months. During a recent “Clarkson, Hammond & May Live” performance in Australia, Clarkson told Hammond “you’re not in America,” to which Hammond replied, “not yet.”
Citing unidentified insider sources, TheFastLaneCar.com says Clarkson, Hammond and May will depart the perpetual cloud cover of Great Britain for the sunny skies of California in order to create the new show, a claim backed by a comment Clarkson made in an interview with the Daily Mirror. The former host jokingly told the publication that he had to reassess his drinking practices as he looks for a new job, saying, “Californians have a habit of ringing at 11 PM and I couldn’t think as straight as they do with their leaves and mineral water existence if I was halfway through my third bottle of Leoube.”
Producing will be longtime Clarkson ally and former Top Gear exec Andy Wilman. The show will go into production “shortly” and should arrive sometime in 2016. The show will be available exclusively through Amazon Prime.
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Why it matters
As the BBC scrambles to find adequate replacements for the still-not-canceled “old” Top Gear (the current lineup is rumored to include Chris Evans, Jodie Kidd, and most recently, Formula 1 driver Jenson Button), most people will be delighted to learn that Clarkson, Hammond and May will once again reunite to offer up their special brand of gearhead-brand antics and off-beat humor.
Clarkson and company return, this time with no censorship, no hesitation to insult corporate sponsors, and all the old gags we’ve come to expect over the years.
Not that there was much doubt we wouldn’t see them do a new car show, it was just a matter of where they’d end up. Some saw ITV as the eventual landing spot for the three amigos, but a stipulation in their contracts with the BBC would have barred them from creating a rival motoring program with a British broadcaster for at least another two years.
However, a spot with Amazon presents a legal loophole that would allow them to make a new program immediately.
Clarkson seems delighted to be working with Amazon, commenting “I feel like I’ve climbed out of a bi-plane and into a spaceship.”
So where does that leave us fans? On one hand, we have the old show continuing on with new hosts, which should prove to be, at the very least, somewhat informative (new car reviews, Stig lap times, etc.). On the other hand, Clarkson and company return, this time with no censorship, no hesitation to insult corporate sponsors, and all the old gags we’ve come to expect over the years. Oh, dear. And if the backdrop happens to be the Golden State, it’ll be even better.
The only thing left is the new show’s name. Some say it could be simply “Clarkson, Hammond & May,” but in my humble opinion, I think it should be called “Three Old Presenters, Grumpy Exasperated And Racing.” If that’s too much of a mouthful, you could use the acronym T.O.P.G.E.A.R for short.