Former "Top Gear" Hosts Sign Three-Season Deal with Amazon
It has been the question of the year for every car buff out there: “Where will the former hosts of Top Gear end up?” Well it turns out, the team of Jeremy Clarkson, Richard Hammond, and James May will be getting a new automotive series…on Amazon. According to the Daily Mail, the trio has signed a three-season deal with the online sales giant. Not only does this end months of speculation, but it instantly catapults the visibility of Amazon’s online programing. Clarkson commented on the news, “I feel like I’ve climbed out of a bi-plane and into a spaceship.” When reached for comment, Hammond joked, “Amazon? Oh yes. I have already been there. I got bitten by a bullet ant.” RELATED: Jeremy Clarkson's 11 Best "Top Gear" Moments Also joining the trio will be former Top Gear producer Andy Wilman. Through the years, Wilman is someone who Clarkson, Hammond, and May have said is an integral part of the success of the show. It was Clarkson and Wilman who teamed up in 2002 to re-launch Top Gear in its current format. The new show they will be be working on does not yet have a name, but Amazon has used the hashtag #Drive2Prime to refer to the project. Let’s hope that’s a placeholder. RELATED: Is This the New "Top Gear" Trio? Clarkson got the boot from BBC in March for yelling at a producer, and Hammond and May left with him in solidarity. (The Stig almost certainly stays with the BBC.) Since then, rumors swirled as to where the trio would end up. There was great speculation of a series on Netflix (with the name even being suggested as “House of Cars”), but the show will, in fact, be on Amazon. Though not as recognized for its original shows and movies, Amazon is attempting to grow its original programing. Amazon currently has a small, but growing, stable of original programs, including Alpha House and Betas. Whatever this new show from the former Top Gear presenters is called, it will surely be their flagship program. RELATED: Clarkson Lapped the "Top Gear" Lap One Last Time, But in What Car?