On the back of signing a deal with Amazon alongside Richard Hammond and James May, reports have surfaced that Jeremy Clarkson will stand to earn 10 million pounds ($15+ million USD) annually for the show.
If those reports are accurate, Clarkson will become Britain’s highest-paid TV host. Given that the show has been commissioned for at least three seasons over three years, Clarkson could have just landed himself over $45 million for the next 36 months.
By comparison, it is suggested that Richard Hammond and James May will both earn 7.2 million pounds ($11 million USD) annually for the new show.
The new show itself has a complete production budget of $250 million over three years including all salaries and transport.
In the UK, Amazing Prime doesn’t have as many subscribers as rival streaming service Netflix has. The creation of this new motoring show featuring the world’s most well-known automotive journalists and presenters is inevitably part of a push on Amazon’s behalf to increase its subscription numbers hence the massive investment in the program.
Recently discussing the show, vice-president of Amazon Prime Video in Europe, Jay Marine, said “Customers told us they wanted to see the team back on screen, and we are excited to make that happen.”