Well, finally the news we’ve all been waiting for – ex Top Gear hosts Jeremy Clarkson, Richard Hammond and James May have finally signed up to present a new show – with the winner being the streaming provider Amazon.
The trio have signed on for three series of a new unnamed motoring programme for Amazon Prime, with the first season to be made available worldwide in 2016.
Along for the ride is former Top Gear executive producer Andy Wilman, who also quit the BBC following the boy’s departure post fracas.
In a statement from Amazon, Clarkson said: “I feel like I’ve climbed out of a biplane and into a spaceship.”
Jeremy Clarkson has called on people to be more understanding towards men who are going through a mid-life crisis, but says that anyone tempted to buy a Porsche and start dating their secretary should do something more in line with their age.
In an article for The Sunday Times, Clarkson said a man knows that “he is designed to have been eaten by a lion by the time he reaches 45, and that it’s only science and maths that are keeping him alive. He’s done everything he was designed to do. He’s procreated and provided. And now? He’s just meat.”
Jeremy Clarkson has revealed that his valedictory laps of the Top Gear track, which were completed in a LaFerrari, a Ferrari 488 and a Mercedes-AMG GT S, “would have made the Stig proud”.
In an emotional article for The Sunday Times yesterday, Clarkson recounted the story of his final few laps at the Top Gear test track and recalled his greatest memories of the converted airfield he helped make famous while hosting the BBC motoring programme.
Clarkson visited the track in Dunsfold, Surrey for the final time last week to take the winners of a charity auction around the track in one of three supercars.
“I loved all the corners,” Clarkson wrote. “It’ll always hold a special place in my heart, that track. Which is why, last week, I was feeling a bit choked as I went through the gates for the very last time.”
Chris Evans, Jeremy Clarkson’s successor on Top Gear, has said that he is close to announcing a new line-up for the show, but insisted that he will not “throw the baby out with the bathwater.”
In an interview with the BBC’s official Top Gear magazine, which is out on Wednesday, Evans said that getting the right co-hosts was “nearly in place. We’re so very close.”
Following the departure of Clarkson, James May and Richard Hammond from Top Gear, the BBC advertised publicly for applicants to join Chris Evans as hosts of the Sunday night motoring show. Evans said that despite the intense media interest in who his co-hosts will be, it is even more important to get the behind-the-scenes team right.
A throwaway remark by Jeremy Clarkson has fuelled speculation that he, Richard Hammond and James May might end up heading to the United States to develop their new car show.
During the Australian leg of his worldwide stadium tour, Clarkson was teased for his American accent by May and Hammond. Clarkson replied: “You’re not in America.”
“Not yet, “Hammond replied.
Earlier this year we reported how Jeremy Clarkson got on stage at a charity auction, where he told the audience that the BBC had “fucked themselves”, amongst other things. Happily, in the process he managed to do a great deal of good – raising £100,000 for the Roundhouse arts charity by offering attendees the chance to join him for his last lap around the Top Gear test track.
“I’ll drive somebody around in whatever I can get hold of, I’m sacked so it’s probably a Nissan Maestro. But anyway it will be my last ever lap of the Top Gear test drive. There was an 18 year waiting list to be in the audience of Top Gear, but the BBC has fucked themselves.”
Well, today was that day, and the lucky bidder(s), Pink Floyd drummer Nick Mason and racing driver Marino Franchitti, got a lot more than a Nissan Maestro for their £100,000 donation.