Here's Why Jeremy Clarkson Wants The New Top Gear To Succeed


And no, his new show is still nameless.

Apparently there have been a few rumors going around claiming that Jeremy Clarkson wants his "Top Gear" successor (and personal friend), Chris Evans, to fail at the new gig. That doesn't make much sense really, considering Clarkson and his longtime co-hosts, Richard Hammond and James May, signed very lucrative deals with Amazon Prime for a new (and still unnamed) car show. Aside from friendship, there's another very, very good reason why Clarkson doesn't want the revamped show to fail: money.

According to The Mirror, Clarkson stated: "What's very interesting is that Chris Evans is having a very hard time at the moment as he attempts to put Top Gear back together again. It's been suggested that I am behind it, that I am trying to scupper him. But I discovered the other day that every time it (Top Gear) gets recommissioned I get paid, so that's a curious bit of BBC contract but I wish them all the very best." Turns out he left the BBC with a £14 million ($20.2 million) payout. What's more, he's glad that his time on the show is over: "To be honest, I think we would have stayed at the BBC and then the show would have got tired and boring, eventually we would have piloted it into a hillside and that would have been the end."

As for his new Amazon show, "We've got seven days to come up with a name – we do a special every year for Christmas and we go to film that soon, so have to have a name and register it by then. It's going to end up being called Dingleberries or something like that."

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