Hot off the press, former BBC Top Gear trio landed a sweet deal with Amazon Prime, Amazon’s video streaming service. The news broke out when Amazon posted a picture of the trio with the caption that read, “The ink is dry and we’re #backonthetrack in 2016.”
This news comes as a relief to most fans of the plucky motoring show, when the show’s patriach, Jeremy Clarkson was involved in a fracas with one of the show’s producers, after which the BBC responded by axing the show.
Many moons have past since then, and the trio were initially approached by iTV to do a reboot of the motoring show, however there is a clause in their old contracts that is said to block them from hosting a car show on a British channel for two years. So the boys faced a predicament, which was to either wait till April 2017 or sign with a non-brit network such as Netflix or Amazon.
After months of speculations, the burning question as to where the trio will end up has been answered. Clarkson, Hammond and May have signed a three-season deal alongside former executive producer Andy Wilman.
Wilman, who has been credited for turning the show around into the format that made Top Gear into the most watched factual show – over 350 million viewers annually. Production on the first series will begin soon and it will launch next year. The new show does not have a name yet, with the Top Gear brand belonging to the broadcasting giant.
It also dawned recently that in the quest to replace the former co-hosts, its been said that former F1 world champion Jenson Button is being considered as a host to join Chris Evans. Other notable names that has been thrown into the mix includes the likes of David Beckham, Rowan Atkinson, Steve Coogan and bombshell model, Jodie Kidd. However at this juncture, BBC has yet to finalize the decision.