Amazon’s Jeff Bezos Pays A Whole Lot Of Money To Get “Top Gear’s” Jeremy Clarkson

Amazon’s Jeff Bezos Pays A Whole Lot Of Money To Get “Top Gear’s” Jeremy Clarkson
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Since his controversial ‘sacking’ and ‘punching’ episodes, Jeremy Clarkson has had his ups and downs. Now, as part of a new show, it is rumored he was paid a hefty amount. So just how much does Jeremy Clarkson cost?

Amazon founder and Chief Executive Officer, Jeff Bezos, admitted that in order to get started working on a new online motoring show, his company had to spend a whole lot of money. Investments are an integral part of any business undertaking.


However, Bezos remarked that investing in a trio of  Top Gear presenters – among them, Jeremy Clarkson – proved to be “very, very, very expensive.”

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According to the Daily Mail, Bezos declined to say how much exactly would, Inc. be spending when it agreed to sign up Top Gear’s Jeremy Clarkson, James May and Richard Hammond. However, it is believed that the deal is worth as much as £160 million for three years.

Things work out nicely for Clarkson

The deal also means that things have worked out quite well for Clarkson after BBC decided to replace him with Chris Evans in the famous auto show. BBC had actually fired Clarkson after the host launched “an unprovoked physical attack” on show producer, Oisin Tymon.

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In addition, it is even possible that his upcoming show will end up competing with his old one. Moreover, Clarkson, 55, is also prohibited from doing another car show with another UK broadcaster till 2017 so working with an American company allows him to get back to work he loves much sooner.

Clarkson may also be quite confident about his new auto show on Amazon. After all, at the helm of it is his old friend and “Top Gear” producer Andy Wilman. Moreover, Wilman is actually said to be the one who practically came up with the idea for the show.

Clarkson’s currently untitled show is due to be launched on Amazon Instant Video next year. You will need an Amazon Prime membership to be able to watch.