After leaving the very successful car show “Top Gear,” everyone knew that Jeremy Clarkson, Richard Hammond and James May were worth a lot of money, a fact they also knew very well.
According to a recent statement made by Jeff Bezos, the Amazon founder, hiring them for a new show on Amazon Prime was not a cheap business, suggesting that are getting paid very well. The new motoring series was announced in July, when the famous hosts signed a deal with Amazon for an online show that’s expected to last at least three seasons.
When Clarkson was fired because of some internal altercations with one of the BBC producers, Hammond and May chose to also leave the show that made their trio famous. In spite of the fact that the show still ran some episodes, disappointed fans swore to stop watching it if the favored hosts were gone.
Waiting for their next gig didn’t take very long, and details about the new series have finally arrived. According to the Sunday Telegraph, Amazon budgeted the show with a whopping £160 million, but declined to disclose the salaries of the three hosts. Bezos, however, admitted that hiring them was “very, very, very expensive.”
With crowds of broadcasters hoping to land Clarkson and his co-hosts, inside sources have suggested that the top threshold for hiring any of the trio members could go as high as £6 million.
The much-awaited show is scheduled for Autumn 2016, but in exclusivity for Amazon Prime customers, shortly after BBC2 launches the redesigned Top Gear show with Chris Evans as host (and no, it’s not Captain America we’re talking about).
Amazon bosses have no worries about the star power of their presenters, because even though viewers will have to pay an annual fee of £79 if they want to see the trio bickering onscreen, drawing new subscribers won’t require special efforts.
Bezos hopes that getting the Top Gear team to introduce the new era for Amazon’s original programming will start things going. According to his statement, there are more plans in the pipeline than just this one show, but he’s counting on Clarkson to pave the way.
In this age of television, great things are possible with a lot of the A-list talent; go back in time 5 years and most of them wouldn’t even consider doing TV serials. But the mentality has flipped completely, and that’s why there’s high hopes for what Amazon’s new show will bring to the table.
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