Jeremy Clarkson to bag a reported £10m a year on new Amazon Prime car show
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 £10 (€13)million 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 £160 (€220)million on 36 episodes over three years, giving each individual show a budget of £4.5 (€6)million.
The budget for Top Gear was £500,000 (€685,000) per show, rising to around £1 million when presenter costs were added.
Industry sources say Mr Clarkson will be paid far more generously than was previously estimated, pocketing £30 (€40)million for the three 12-part series, due to air next autumn.
A source told the The Mirror: “Jeremy would be looking at £9.6 (€13)million a series with the other two [Hammond and May] not far behind.
“Clarkson may have lamped someone over a hot dinner but he’ll be raking it in.”
Former Top Gear producer Andy Wilman quit the show along with May and Hammond after the BBC decided to part company with Clarkson.
The Amazon Prime spin-off show will be available to those who pay the annual £79 (€108)subscription.