Jeremy Clarkson Making Nearly $15M a Year With Amazon

Jason Siu
by Jason Siu

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.

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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.

[Source: Telegraph]

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Jason Siu
Jason Siu

Jason Siu began his career in automotive journalism in 2003 with Modified Magazine, a property previously held by VerticalScope. As the West Coast Editor, he played a pivotal role while also extending his expertise to Modified Luxury & Exotics and Modified Mustangs. Beyond his editorial work, Jason authored two notable Cartech books. His tenure at saw him immersed in the daily news cycle, yet his passion for hands-on evaluation led him to focus on testing and product reviews, offering well-rounded recommendations to AutoGuide readers. Currently, as the Content Director for VerticalScope, Jason spearheads the content strategy for an array of online publications, a role that has him at the helm of ensuring quality and consistency across the board.

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  • Craig Cole Craig Cole on Sep 01, 2015

    We'll have to see how good this new show will be without the same army of writers and producers that worked on Top Gear.

  • Smartacus Smartacus on Sep 01, 2015

    BBC must have deliberately been trying to help Jezza. But they still need a tame racing driver. Maybe they can get Ben Collins back.