Top Gear ‘Not Worth the Money’ Amazon Paid: Netflix

Top Gear ‘Not Worth the Money’ Amazon Paid: Netflix

Top Gear recently signed a deal with Amazon for a reported $250-million after being canned from the BBC, but a Netflix executive thinks the trio “wasn’t worth the money.”

Online streaming service Netflix was in discussions to distribute and produce the new show, but its chief product officer Neil Hunt has been quoted by Digital Spy as saying, “Clearly it wasn’t worth the money to make the deal… I think they sold themselves for way more money [than they’re worth].”

Hunt said that Netflix has a good gauge on what its audience likes, and having distributed past seasons of the popular show, he said there wasn’t enough data to back up paying such a huge amount of money.

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Amazon signed a deal earlier this summer to make 36 episodes of a new motoring show featuring the Top Gear trio that are each an hour long. The new show has not been titled yet, but the trio will get full editorial control. The new series will air in 2016.

With the Amazon deal, Jeremy Clarkson is reportedly making $15-million a year, making him one of the U.K.’s highest paid TV hosts. It has been reported that James May and Richard Hammond aren’t that far behind.

Clarkson was fired from the BBC after punching a show producer. May and Hammond stood behind Clarkson, saying that the only way they would do that show is if the trio was kept together.

[Source: Digital Spy]

  • smartacus

    sounds like the justifications of an ex-Chief Product Officer.
    Netflix has a great business plan, but it’s a one-trick-pony compared to Amazon right now.
    They can’t afford to have anyone out there doing anything that draws more attention.

  • Chris Daigle

    250 million is to much by a factor of 10.

  • Jeepy

    There are a number of other cheaper ways to see past episodes than Netflix. It’s the new episodes that fans of the show are waiting for. Top Gear isn’t a drama like Game of Thrones or something where you go back and binge on old seasons.

  • Auto Motive

    Top Gear is one of the worst shows on TV and I am a car guy. Watching those idiots driving various cars is so damn boring. They try to be comedians which fail every single time. For Amazon to ante up so much money blows my mind. Total Failure coming.

  • Jim Farnsworth

    Amen Auto Motive!