Jeremy Clarkson seems to be doing pretty well for himself after getting fired from Top Gear.
It has already been reported that the new show on Amazon will have a $250-million budget, but Clarkson will become the U.K.’s highest paid host, making the equivalent of his BBC salary for each episode on the new show. He will reportedly be paid almost $15 million a year and it’s unclear how much co-hosts James May and Richard Hammond will make as part of the deal, but it is believed to be “not far behind,” a source told The Mirror.
Clarkson’s contract was not renewed after he punched one of the BBC’s producers for Top Gear in a fracas over a steak dinner. Despite all the drama and controversy following his firing at Top Gear, Clarkson and the two former Top Gear hosts may be enjoying new editorial freedom with Amazon Prime and a budget that could result in some of the best automotive television when the 12-part series debuts next fall.
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