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‘Top Gear': Jeremy Clarkson Won't Be Able To Host Follow-Up Show On ITV For Another Two Years Because Of Legal Hitch

07/07/2015 06:49 BST | Updated 07/07/2015 06:59 BST

We have disappointing news for anyone hoping to see Jeremy Clarkson fronting a follow-up to ‘Top Gear’ on ITV anytime soon.

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It’s emerged that a clause in Jeremy’s contract with the BBC prevents him and his former ‘Top Gear’ co-hosts James May and Richard Hammond from making a rival car show on a UK channel for two years.

The legal hitch puts paid to the former ‘Top Gear’ trio from making a follow-up for ITV, who they had reportedly been looking to sign a deal with, until April 2017.

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James May, Jeremy Clarkson and Richard Hammond

However, the clause would not prevent them from producing a show with an online broadcaster, such as Netflix.

A TV source told the Mirror: “Basically they could make a show for ITV, but not one about cars. A clause stops them leaving and making a rival.

“It means Netflix or Amazon are favourites to sign up the team. There is a feeling that if they wait two years it gives Chris Evans a chance to get his new Top Gear show off and running.

"They hope to make up their minds soon. ITV have made them a great offer.”

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Jeremy, Richard, James and former ‘Top Gear’ executive producer Andy Wilman met ITV boss Peter Fincham at his London home last month.

According to reports, ITV planned to go head-to-head with the BBC's revamped 'Top Gear', which is to be hosted by Chris Evans.

Last month, Jeremy, who was dropped by the BBC in March after attacking a ‘Top Gear’ producer, also confirmed he was in talks with US firms about a TV project.

The BBC and ITV declined to comment on the contracts.

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