Clarkson gave up drinking for Amazon negotiations

And the Clarkson persona? That's an act, says the man.

When negotiating a $15 million a year deal, it's vital to have a clear mind. For Jeremy Clarkson, that meant giving up booze for about five months while working out his deal for a show on Amazon Prime. With the contract complete, he can go back to drinking again.

"You can't deal with Californian lawyers if you've had a couple of glasses of wine," Clarkson said in an interview with The Times, according to Business Insider. During the same discussion, the former Top Gear host revealed that the person we know as Jeremy Clarkson is an act. "My job, my TV persona. 'Jeremy Clarkson.' It's a mask. We all wear masks. It's not the real me," he said.

Clarkson also broached the topic of going sober last year. "Californians have a habit of ringing at 11 PM and I realized I couldn't think as straight as they do with their leaves and mineral water existence if I was halfway through my third bottle of Léoube," he wrote in a column, according to The Mirror.

Based on his tweets, Clarkson hasn't remained sober since signing the Amazon deal. For example, he wrote a series if messages in February about a tennis match between beer drinkers and wine drinkers. Beer won.

Clarkson's still-unnamed car show premieres later this year on Amazon Prime, and it seems as irreverent as the best from his time at Top Gear. So far, we've seen the guys driving a lifted Mercedes-Benz SL in the UK and lapping supercars around a track. Clarkson's tweets also suggest a segment from Barbados.

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