In an interview, Amazon boss Jeff Bezos admits that the deal with the former Top Gear trio – Jeremy Clarkson, Richard Hammond and James May – is quite expensive, but he thinks the world is going to love their new show.
James May and Richard Hammond have allegedly turned down a big-money offer from the BBC to return to Top Gear. If they had accepted, it would have meant taping the show without co-host Jeremy Clarkson.
The latest word from the UK has it that the BBC could opt to take a decidedly different route with a post-Clarkson version of Top Gear, with a rotating lineup of hosts. But will Hammond and May be part of the rotation?
A dozen mostly vintage motorcycles from former Top Gear hosts James May and Richard Hammond are crossing the auction block in the UK on April 26. The auction includes a 1970 Triton cafe racer from Hammond and a 1980 Ossa trials bike from May.
Last April the UK press reported that the Top Gear hosts were in line for a new three-year deal through 2018 - one that would pay Clarkson four million pounds per year - but the negotiations were put off during a media watchdog investigation. With that done, the deal is set to go ahead that will lock in new episodes until 2018.