A source told The Daily Mirror that Clarkson will be the highest-earning TV presenter in Britain, raking in a cool £800,000 per episode.
A new report has suggested that Jeremy Clarkson will be the highest-earning TV host in Britain, earning close to £10 million per series of his new show on Amazon Prime with former ‘Top Gear’ co-presenters Richard Hammond and James May.
A source told The Daily Mirror on Thursday evening (August 27th) that Clarkson, who was unceremoniously axed from the BBC earlier this year after punching one of ‘Top Gear’s producers, will be paid nearly £800,000 per episode of the new series, which is set to debut in mid-2016.
Jeremy Clarkson will apparently be earning nearly £800k per episode of the new Amazon show
This would make the 55 year old by far and away the highest paid presenter in the UK, and with three series commissioned by Amazon Prime for the as-yet-untitled show, it means that he stands to earn nearly £30 million over the next three years.
Meanwhile, Hammond (45) and May (52) are in line to earn £7.2 million over the same 12 month time frame, along with original producer Andy Wilman who came along from the BBC to join Clarkson, earning approximately £600,000 for each episode.
Amazon Prime announced last month that they had beaten the likes of Netflix, ITV and Sky to the trio’s signatures, laying out a total of £160 million to do so, making it the single biggest investment in original content in their history. Even Jeff Bezos, the CEO of Amazon, admitted that the process had been “very, very, very expensive”.
Meanwhile, BBC2 controller Kim Shillinglaw spoke briefly on Friday about what the BBC is doing to re-vamp ‘Top Gear’ (it got to keep the name, and The Stig, during the messy separation). It has already confirmed that Chris Evans is to be the main host, but no further details have been confirmed.
“So excited, of course terrified,” Shillinglaw said about the programme which used to generate £50 million per year for the corporation’s commercial arm, BBC Worldwide. She also promised that it would be “really different” from the Clarkson era. “You will see Dunsfold [the show’s test track] looking quite interesting, the presenter line-up is going to be a bit different. There will be some changes to the show.”