Clarkson, Hammond and May sign with Amazon

BY CHARL BOSCH - JULY 30, 2015

Former BBC Top Gear Presenters Jeremy Clarkson, Richard Hammond and James May have confirmed the signing of an agreement with online streaming service, Amazon, to host a new motoring show starting next year.

No name has yet been revealed for the show which will be screened on its Prime bouquet, and produced by former Top Gear Executive Producer and school friend of Clarkson, Andy Wilman.

The announcement ends four months of speculation following the broadcaster’s decision not to renew Clarkson’s contact, after he punched Associate Producer, Oisin Tymon, over an alleged fracas about hot food at a Yorkshire hotel.

Last month, it was announced that current BBC Radio 2 breakfast show host and television personality, Chris Evans, would take over Clarkson’s position with auditions taking place for the final two rolls, after Hammond and May announced their departure despite not being involved in the fracas.

“I feel like I've climbed out of a bi-plane and into a spaceship,” Clarkson said after earlier confirming the news to his 5.4-million followers on twitter.

Moment later May tweeted, “Good news! I've got a job with @AmazonVideoUK. Bad news! So have the other two #AmazonPrime #ItSaysHere,” while Hammond wrote, “I've got a job I've got a job I've got a job. Haircut, clean jeans and practice driving again. Forrrrwaaaaaaaard!!”

“Millions of Prime members are already enjoying our ground-breaking original shows. We can't wait to see what Jeremy, Richard, James and the team will create in what is sure to be one of the most globally anticipated shows of 2016,” Amazon Prime Video EU Vice President, Jay Marine, told Sky News.

No further details about the exact date of airing or much the deal is worth, was revealed.