9th June 2015
Last week former Top Gear presenters Richard 'Hamster' Hammond and James' Captain Slow' May were reportedly offered a multi-million pound deal to return as hosts of the popular BBC2 show. It has now come to light that both are set to turn down the reported £4.6million offer in favour of joining their former co-host Jeremy Clarkson on Netflix.
The latest news from the Top Gear camp comes after controversial host Jeremy Clarkson was sacked in March following am alleged 'fracas' with producer Oison Tymon. Since then, there have been many rumours of where Clarkson and his two chums would head to next. New reports are now saying that US online streaming service Netflix are on the verge on signing the trio. According to The Mirror and other online news sources, Hammond and May are going to refuse the BBC's generous offer and instead sign a deal with Netflix to host a brand new car show. It is said that Hammond and May are excited of the prospect of having editorial control over the new show. It is not known how much Netflix are offering the trio but it's sure to be a close match to the BBC's offer.
It was thought that Hammond and May might continue to co-host Top Gear with a guest presenter each week to replace Clarkson. There were also rumours of a complete overhaul of presenters with former model Jodie Kidd, For the Love of Cars presenter Philip Glenister and British Motorcycle champion Guy Martin taking over the reins.
This latest news is sure to divide fans, as Netflix is a paid for subscription which may see many fans unable to continue to follow the new programme. Fans of the show will be glad to know though that the BBC are set to show the last ever episode featuring the former presenters. The show was cut short in March following Clarkson's dismissal, but in a teaser video released by the BBC we get to see Clarkson, Hammond and May in their final jaunt.
By Jenna Niblock