We don’t mind admitting that when former ‘Top Gear’ presenters Jeremy Clarkson, Richard Hammond and James May confirmed that they had signed a new deal with Amazon Prime, our first thought turned to how much they’d be getting paid.
Well… after thinking ‘let’s hope there’s not any cold meats kicking about behind the scenes’, that is.
Reports in The Mirror have now suggested that Clarkson and co. will be getting a whopping £160 million between them for their new deal, which agrees that they will make at least three series of their as-of-yet-unnamed new TV series.
Speaking about the move to Amazon Prime earlier this week, Jeremy remarked: “I feel like I’ve climbed out of a bi-plane and into a spaceship.”
The trio’s new deal was confirmed on Thursday, and former ‘Top Gear’ executive producer Andy Wilman has also signed up to help make the new show a success.
It has been claimed that the show will serve as a direct rival to ‘Top Gear’, which will return to our screens with a brand new presenting line-up taking over next year.
Chris Evans has already been confirmed to be replacing Jeremy Clarkson as lead presenter, and his former ‘Big Breakfast’ producer Lisa Clark also signing up for the new series.
That leaves two slots open on the ‘Top Gear’ presenting team, with a host of names being tipped to join Chris.