“No Editorial Pressure” for Top Gear trio’s Amazon Prime Show
Jeremy Clarkson has spoken of his excitement at the freedom involved with the Amazon Prime deal alongside his old Top Gear partners Richard Hammond and James May.
The outspoken motor enthusiast stated that the arrangement was “music to his ears” in his column for The Sun newspaper, further saying that Amazon Prime executives have given the presenting panel, along with former Top Gear producer Andy Wilman, free rein to make the show they want.
“Along with our long-time producer Andy Wilman, we have formed a production company which is called W Chump and Sons and we are now looking for an office, a rubber plant, some company cars and a name for our new programme,” he wrote.
“Then we will be off. To make what will be a seriously well-funded, British-based show with no commercial breaks and, better still, no editorial pressure from on high.
“Amazon has been delightfully clear on that. ‘Just make the show you wanna make, guys’. Music to my ears.”
Clarkson has previously said that the new deal with the streaming giant had made him feel like he’s “climbed out of a bi-plane and into a spaceship.”
The new motoring show, which will be available to Amazon Prime customers next year, will feature at least 36 episodes over three years and will begin production after Clarkson, Hammond and May finish their tour of their motor-based live show.
Meanwhile, Chris Evans has taken over as the main host of Top Gear on the BBC, with his co-hosts still to be named.