Thursday 14 December 2017

Ex-Top Gear host James May says 'nothing has happened' with Amazon Prime show

James May (left) said he and his fellow presenters were not far down the road in the production of their new project with Amazon
James May (left) said he and his fellow presenters were not far down the road in the production of their new project with Amazon

James May has joked that his new motoring show with Jeremy Clarkson and Richard Hammond could be given a risque name.

The former Top Gear trio announced they had signed a new deal, reportedly worth millions, with Amazon Prime, during the summer.

But the car fanatics have so far got "nowhere" with making the show and decisions about content or a name have yet to be made, according to May.

Speaking to reporters at a press event ahead of a BBC show he is doing called Building Cars Live, May was asked about the Amazon show, and said: "We haven't got a name. We haven't decided on the content...any of that stuff. So, honestly, nothing, nothing has happened.

"I'm not just saying that to put you off. I'd love to be able to say 'Yes, it's called Cocks in Cars', but it isn't."

The star then joked: "It's not a bad idea actually."

Asked how far along they were with the show, he said: "I don't know. Nowhere, to be brutally honest."

He said all they have done so far is "possibly found an office to work from".

It was reported previously that the show could be called Gear Knobs. BuzzFeed news made the suggestion after discovering that a law firm believed to be "closely associated" with Jeremy Clarkson had registered the trademark for the name.

When asked about that reported name, an Amazon spokesman said: "Amazon does not comment on speculation."

The company said at the end of July, that Clarkson, Richard Hammond and May were reuniting for an all-new car show.

Clarkson's contract with the BBC was not renewed, following a "fracas" with Top Gear producer Oisin Tymon.

Hammond recently told ITV's This Morning presenters Phillip Schofield and Holly Willoughby: "The point is, an amazing opportunity has come along for us to evolve and reinvent what we do, and we're all just charged. It's kind of wonderful, at our stage in life and career, we've got the opportunity to do exactly that when, otherwise, let's be honest, you might not."

The trio's new as-yet-untitled show is scheduled to start airing on Amazon Prime in 2016.

Meanwhile, Chris Evans will take over hosting duties on BBC's Top Gear.

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