Amazon Picks Up the Top Gear Hosting Trio for New Car Show

These chaps stuck together! Top Gear hosts Jeremy ClarksonRichard Hammond, and James May have signed a three-season deal for a new automotive show with Amazon Prime, according to The BBC, which is a huge deal for everyone, even you. 

The new show, which is untitled as of now, skirts a stipulation in their clause with the BBC that says the trio cannot make a new car show in the U.K. And by moving over to Amazon Prime, the new show won't be at the mercy of pressure from auto advertisers, a good thing since the three hosts are known for trashing and mocking many of the cars they review. The series is expected to premiere in 2016, and Top Gear executive producer Andy Wilman will produce the show.

The announcement comes after Jeremy Clarkson was fired from Top Gear for punching a producer after a few drinks earlier this year. In a show of solidarity, Hammond and Mays resigned from the program unless Clarkson was re-hired. He wasn't. Clarkson is a brilliant TV personality but has also been a source of controversy, having been accused of racist remarks and angering locals while filming Top Gear

Top Gear is an immensely popular car show in the U.K. that was reborn with a new format in 2002 after airing since 1977. It has been locally adapted in America, France, Australia, Korea, and Russia. The BBC will continue to air Top Gear with a new host, British TV personality Chris Evans.

"I feel like I've climbed out of a biplane and into a spaceship," Clarkson said. BBC, better get some Aloe for that burrrrrn.

The trio were previously in talks with Netflix to create a new series, but Clarkson confirmed via Twitter on Thursday that the deal with Amazon had been finalized.

But I have one question: WHAT ABOUT THE STIG? 

Are you excited for the return of Clarkson, Hammond, and Mays?

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Aug 01, 2015
The show isn't just "an immensely popular car show in the U.K." It has a large and loyal following WORLDWIDE. I know this may be a bombshell to someone writing for a site owned by a major US network, but it's TRUE.

And the name is James May... MAY!
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Jul 31, 2015
This is great news.
The lads will be free to use whatever colorful language they are inclined to, and be unencumbered from the stodgy regulations of the BBC that they were subject to before.
So this new show of theirs stands to be even more entertaining than their old one.
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Aug 01, 2015
I don't know... some of their funniest bits came from their attempts to get around some of the restrictions that were placed on them, and may have gone over the heads of people who weren't paying close enough attention. And who will be their new target when they no longer have BBC management to kick around?
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Aug 01, 2015
Oh I think the lads will find ways to entertain us in their new unchained incarnation.
And as far as targets for ridicule...let's face it, it is a target rich environment out there.
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Jul 31, 2015
Are they still going forward with Chris Evans being the host of Top Gear?
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Jul 31, 2015
Yeah, the BBC is hurrying to get the new episodes with Evans on the air before Clarkson, Hammond and May get theirs going, in the hopes that this will keep viewers watching their show and not be interested in the new show with Clarkson, Hammond and May.

I don't think it will work.
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Jul 31, 2015
I might just have to get Amazon. I'm glad they stuck together. Just love them. I want Jezza the Hamster and Captain Slow Mr James May.
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Jul 30, 2015
The Stig is still owned by Top Gear and the BBC. I think this show can have an anonymous driver but they just can't call him the Stig.
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Aug 05, 2015
All we know.. He's called The Wig
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Aug 05, 2015
How about sticking some antlers on top of the helmet and call him The Stag :)
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Jul 31, 2015
I'm just a fan so I don't care what they call the driver. They can just call him the tame racing driver lol. They have to change the name of the show anyways which is more critical. I'll still watch no matter what it's called. As long as it has my three boys it would be good. What would be a good name for the show?
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Jul 31, 2015
I think they can call it Top _____ (fill in the blank). As long as the second word isn't Gear they can try to keep the name as close to the original as possible so people will know what it is.
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Jul 30, 2015
and with that bombshell... Amazon finally is gonna make a profit.
It's not the first hit. Transparent is pretty good. and i liked Mozart in the Jungle a lot. I recommend you watch it.

I hope they are making haste with making the streaming service available for the whole of Europe and not just Germany and the UK.

Or do they want us to download the show illegally? For a reasonable price i'm willing to pay. Somebody listening? I have Netflix too.
Hello i'm here. Get my money. oh well....
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Jul 30, 2015
Well Amazon has been making a profit for close to 2 decades now. I think with this their streaming service will attract new subscribers.
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Jul 30, 2015
And this will be Amazon's first hit. This was a genius move by them and I am kind of surprised that this wasn't done by one of the major networks. But at least with this, we will get them in all of their swearing glory. Well if you only watch the edited versions in the states.
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Jul 31, 2015
Sorry wanted to add that Jeremy, Richard and James signed a deal for $250 million. This is redundant but I'll say it again I'm glad they stuck together. They've had they're problems but it seems like overall they're good friends and colleagues.
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Jul 31, 2015
Jezza and the guys are going to make people subscribe to Amazon.
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Jul 30, 2015
"The announcement comes after Jeremy Clarkson was fired from Top Gear "No he wasn't, Clarkson's contract was up at the end of the series and the BBC decided not to renew it, his employment was not prematurely terminated.
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Jul 30, 2015
If you don't renew the contract for the lead for you most popular show. That is a sacking. Just with less paperwork.
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Jul 30, 2015
Awesome! I love this trio, can't wait for more stupidity from them.
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Jul 30, 2015
I am exceptionally excited to see Captain Slow, the Hamster, and Jezza return and in a format I actually have access to, no less! I hope they'll give the show access to use whatever music they can, one of the best things about production on Top Gear was their ability to license (or "licence") real music rather than cheap library knockoffs.

As Top Gear UK was one of the most-watched series globally, I suspect this will be met with much fanfare (in areas not served by Amazon Prime, it will be licensed to local broadcasting, so expect that to be the way most of you reading this will attempt to pirate it). Now it's up to our trio to squander or succeed.
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Jul 31, 2015
I wrote my comment before coming across this. I loved the Africa Special when they stopped in the town of Jezza. James May said "We're in Jezza." Haha
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Jul 31, 2015
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Jul 30, 2015
Yes! The music is part of the show and humour! (There might be some people out there that don't know that Hammond HATES Genises!)

I always found it strange when watching repeats that when they "and que the music" its just some random library stuff and not the A-Team theme, It's just not right!!!
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