Amazon Studios has signed former “Top Gear” hosts Jeremy Clarkson, Richard Hammond and James May to a three-season deal for a new automotive series. Set to begin production in the fall, the yet-to-be-named show will debut on the Amazon Prime Video streaming service in the U.S., the U.K., Austria and Germany in 2016.
The BBC suspended Clarkson from “Top Gear” earlier this year after he got into a “fracas” with a producer on the show, Oisin Tymon, and it later decided not to renew his contract. Hammond and May departed the show in his wake, along with “Top Gear” executive producer Andy Wilman, who has signed on to the new Amazon series in the same role.
According to The Guardian, Amazon beat out U.K. broadcaster ITV and SVOD rival Netflix to land the show. By signing with a streaming service, Clarkson, Hammond and May sidestep a clause in their contracts that blocks them from hosting a car show for a U.K. broadcaster for two years.
The BBC is currently retooling “Top Gear” with Radio 2’s Chris Evans as the primary host.
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