Jeremy Clarkson and Former 'Top Gear' Co-Hosts Take Talents to Amazon
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Former “Top Gear” presenters Jeremy Clarkson, James May and Richard Hammond sort of milled about homeless since leaving their show, but they now have a place to kick their feet up: Amazon.
CNN Money reports the triumvirate of automotive tomfoolery will again come together like a hilarious Voltron to regale the masses with their exploits that are often times "ambitious but rubbish."
Now we certainly hope the new series features much of what made “Top Gear” a hit, it’s important to note that this is a completely new show.
The report states that there is no word on the production’s name, but it will start filming “shortly” and premiere on Amazon Prime sometime in 2016.
This concludes what has been a tumultuous transition, particularly for Clarkson who was axed from the BBC production when he entered into a physical fracas with one of “Top Gear’s” producers.
The network subsequently fired the host, which left a void in what was a widely popular series.
BBC has since moved on, hiring Chris Evans to man a rejuvenated iteration of the long-running car show that is often times only slightly about cars.
That left Clarkson to meander about and field what we presume was a wealth of offers. Hammond and May were content to tie their fate to their compatriot, which has now led to the well-chartered frontier of streaming content.
Clarkson delivered the news via Twitter:
I'm very excited to announce that Hammond, May and I have signed a deal with .@AmazonVideo— Jeremy Clarkson (@JeremyClarkson) July 30, 2015
.@AmazonVideoUK now saying I can't be their chief drone pilot. Apparently they want us to make a car show.— Jeremy Clarkson (@JeremyClarkson) July 30, 2015
Via CNN Money, Hammond offered, “Amazon? Oh yes. I have already been there. I got bitten by a bullet ant.”
He also added on Twitter:
I've got a job I've got a job I've got a job. Haircut, clean jeans and practice driving again. Forrrrwaaaaaaaard!!— Richard Hammond (@RichardHammond) July 30, 2015
May, for his part, had some good news/bad news on the reports:
Now there is no solid word on what the show will cover aside from cars, which was a tenuous tie when the three featured on “Top Gear.”
What we are interested to see is if the three again travel the world while they attempt to test out cool cars—whether that be the lavish kind you buy from a dealer or the ones invented in the garage by these three mad scientists.
The trio has taken audiences to great places, from a bridge in Burma to the channel between England and France:
Unfortunately there was no word as to the fate of the beloved Stig, who we presume is still waiting in some idling car in London.
If the show harnesses just a modicum of the sensibilities presented in “Top Gear,” Amazon Prime subscribers should have an automotive show that is more about humor than detail and more about travel than car specs.
The network and title might change, but the cast is what made their previous show so special.
Now, on that bombshell, goodnight.
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