Clarkson to be paid cool £10m
Published 29/08/2015 | 02:30
Jeremy Clarkson is to become Britain's highest-paid TV host, drawing the equivalent of his BBC salary for each episode of a new Amazon Prime show.
The former Top Gear frontman is reportedly to be paid almost £10m (€13.7m) a year for his new car show with James May and Richard Hammond.
Mr Clarkson, whose contract was not renewed after he punched one of the BBC show's producers, will therefore become the highest-paid TV host in Britain under a deal signed with Amazon Prime network, according to The Mirror.
Amazon Prime is reportedly spending £160m (€219m) on 36 episodes over three years.
The budget for Top Gear was £500,000 per show, rising to around £1m (€1.37m) when presenter costs were added.
Industry sources say Mr Clarkson will be paid far more generously than was previously estimated, pocketing £30m for the three 12-part series, due to air next autumn.
A source said: "Jeremy would be looking at £9.6m a series with the other two [Hammond and May] not far behind.