‘Top Gear' Stars In ‘Top Secret Meeting With ITV': Are Jeremy Clarkson, Richard Hammond And James May About To Launch A New Show?

Are Clarkson And Co About To Defect To ITV?

Jeremy Clarkson, Richard Hammond and James May have reportedly had a secret meeting with ITV bosses as the channel attempts to to try and woo the former ‘Top Gear’ presenters.


According to The Mirror, all three presenters attended the meeting at the West London home of channel director Peter Fincham on Wednesday evening.

They were joined by former ‘Top Gear’ producer Andy Wilman - who quit the BBC motoring show last month - and ITV entertainment boss, Elaine Bedell.

Jeremy Clarkson, James May and Richard Hammond could be driving off to ITV

Despite ITV previously insisting there were ‘no plans’ to enter into talks with Jeremy Clarkson, it is thought the channel is now keen to secure all three presenters after Richard Hammond and James May confirmed they would also be leaving the show.

The meeting is believed to be the first involving all three presenters, with prior discussions only involving Andy Wilman.

The former ‘Top Gear’ team are also believed to have had meetings with streaming services, such as Netflix and Amazon.

ITV entertainment boss, Elaine Bedell

Elaine Bedell has a long history with Clarkson both professionally and personally.

She previously worked as head of factual entertainment at the BBC – where ‘Top Gear’ fell under her remit.

News of the meeting with ITV comes just days after the rumoured new line-up for ‘Top Gear’ was revealed.

Former model Jodie Kidd, actor Philip Glenister and motorcycle star Guy Martin are all being lined up as the Beeb’s ‘dream team’ to front the revamped show, according to reports.


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