Former Top Gear hosts Jeremy Clarkson, Richard Hammond and James May will be presenting a new motoring show on Amazon’s streaming video service.
The first season of the new program for Amazon Prime will be available internationally for viewing in 2016.
Clarkson’s ‘Unprovoked Physical Attack’
The trio signing up with Amazon comes after they departed from “Top Gear” earlier this year. While Clarkson’s contract was not renewed after an “unprovoked physical attack,” his co-hosts and executive producer Andy Wilman bowed out of the show subsequently.
The new motoring show will not be called Top Gear, as reported by TIME.
In a statement from Amazon, Clarkson said, “I feel like I’ve climbed out of a biplane and into a spaceship.”
Hammond said, “Amazon? Oh yes. I have already been there. I got bitten by a bullet ant.”
May said, “We have become part of the new age of smart TV. Ironic, isn’t it?”
‘We Are Really Excited’
According to Radio Times, Wilman said that they will start work on the new series once they return from their summer holidays. He added that they signed up with Amazon because “they’ll give us the freedom to make the programme we want…there’s a budget to produce programmes of the quality we want and this is the future.”
The new show will have “themes people will be familiar with,” he said.
“I can’t tell you how good it feels to get the chance to produce something from scratch,” he said. “We’re all really excited. No one telling us what we can and can’t do, just us hopefully producing great programmes. It feels really liberating.”
According to The Hollywood Reporter, Jay Marine, vice president of Amazon Prime Video EU, said, “Customers told us they wanted to see the team back on screen, and we are excited to make that happen. We can’t wait to see what Jeremy, Richard, James and the team will create in what is sure to be one of the most globally anticipated shows of 2016.”
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