We know Chris Evans and possibly Jodie Kidd will be taking over as Top Gear’s presenters, but what’s going on with Jeremy Clarkson, James May and Richard Hammond? Well, according to a new report from The Mirror, the three are in talks with Netflix to sign a ‘big money’ deal for a new car show with the American company.
Evans’ appointment as the Top Gear front man came after Hammond and May turned down a large £4 million BBC offer to return to the show without Clarkson. The trio, which have maintained throughout the ordeal that they are “very much,” a package, in May’s words, are now “close” to signing a deal with Netflix, according to The Mirror’s sources. Former Top Gear producer Andy Wilman is also expected to join them at the on-demand internet streaming company.
“They are all very excited at the prospect of having total editorial control over their new show, to make it and get it distributed, the unnamed source said.
“It would be groundbreaking and also incredible (sic) lucrative. They would stand to earn much, much more than they would with the BBC.”
Top Gear is in limbo for now, though the BBC did confirm filming for the new series starring Evans will begin shortly. The final episode of Series 22 is set to air this Sunday, June 28 on the BBC and is understood to be the last ever featuring Clarkson, Hammond and May.