Former Top Gear trio, Jeremy Clarkson, Richard Hammond and James May, have officially signed with Amazon to produce a new original motoring show.
Fighting off interest from the likes of Netflix and ending speculation of where the three would end up, Amazon Prime will be the new home of the three presenters who all left Top Gear earlier this year, with Clarkson being ousted by the BBC following his ‘fracas’ with a show producer.
The new programme, yet to get a name, will debut in 2016 and will be produced by former TG producer and long-time friend of Clarkson, Andy Wilman. It is not known how much the deal has cost Amazon, but it is belived Clarkson, Hammond and May will have free reign over the content of the show.
Filming is expected to start in the autumn and the deal has committed the presenters to three seasons of the show, but there will no place for a Stig, with Top Gear remaining the home of the mysterious, white race-suited driver.
All three have already commented on signing with Amazon, with Clarkson tweeting:
I’m very excited to announce that Hammond, May and I have signed a deal with .@AmazonVideo
— Jeremy Clarkson (@JeremyClarkson) July 30, 2015
Meanwhile Hammond added:
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 chimed in with:
— James May (@MrJamesMay) July 30, 2015