On Saturday, former Top Gear presenters Jeremy Clarkson, Richard Hammond and James May reunited in Perth, Australia for a series of live shows – and hinted that they’ll soon be making a new car show in America.
“Amazingly, there had been a lot of interest in us doing a car show for television,” Clarkson told the 14,000-strong crowd. “Who knows, very soon once more you will be seeing us on a television or an internet near where you live.”
Clarkson then mocked Hammond for saying the letter “z” in a US accent.
“You’re not in America,” he quipped.
“Not yet,” Hammond replied.
It’s not the first time Clarkson, May and Hammond have indicated that a deal with another network is in the pipeline, with Netflix and Amazon reportedly among the bidders. It’s understood Clarkson’s contract includes a clause preventing him from making a car show with a UK broadcaster until 2017, although a loophole may mean that he could make one for a US producer and sell it to ITV.
Clarkson was dropped by the BBC in March following a “fracas” with a producer. May and Hammond subsequently confirmed that they would not be returning to the motoring show either, and Radio 2 DJ Chris Evans was announced as the replacement last month.
Writing in the Sunday Times yesterday, Clarkson had a dig at his former employer, saying that when he returned to the set to do one final lap of the test track at Dunsfold Aerodrome in Surrey for charity last week, he had been locked out of the Top Gear office.
“The Top Gear portable office was locked to stop me taking even a small souvenir,” he wrote. “The hangar was empty.”