Jeremy Clarkson's Contract May Keep "Top Gear" Rival Off TV Until 2017

The “non-compete clause.” It’s a business practice that keeps employees from becoming future competitors of their employers, and it’s just what may keep Jeremy Clarkson, James May, and Richard Hammond from fielding a Top Gear rival on British television.  According to The Mirror, one such clause is stymieing Jeremy Clarkson from hosting a new car program on the UK television network ITV, which was pegged to be a front-runner for a Top Gear rival since Clarkson’s dismissal earlier this year. The paper notes that the BBC clause would bar Jeremy Clarkson from hosting any other car show on British TV for two years. An insider reportedly told the paper that Clarkson, Hammond, May, and ex-Top Gear executive producer Andy Wilman recently joined in discussions with ITV director Peter Fincham regarding the clause and moving forward. Since the cast’s departure from the show, the next series of Top Gear will be lead by presenter Chris Evans and his yet-to-be-named co-hosts. RELATED: Watch Jeremy Clarkson's 11 Best Top Gear Moments Speaking in regard to the contract clause, The Mirror source noted, “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.” Given the close friendship and working relationship between Evans, Clarkson, Hammond, and May, that competitive sentiment may seem a bit harsh. Nonetheless, it my be necessary for the future of the young motoring program. However, as it has been widely discussed, the trio’s new project may not hit television circulation at all. Jeremy Clarkson has been reported to be in talks with Amazon and Netflix for distribution of a new show online. RELATED: Watch the Ferrari LaFerrari Finally Lap the Top Gear Track ______________________________________ Click Here to Read the Original Article on BoldRide