So says one Amazon Prime executive.
Although the exact terms of it weren’t made public, the deal former Top Gear hosts Jeremy Clarkson, Richard Hammond, and James May made with Amazon Prime is reportedly worth around $160 million. A lot of money? Absolutely, and some have suggested (such as Netflix) that Amazon overpaid for the trio. Not so, according to Jay Marine, the European chief of Amazon Prime Video. He was also one of the main executives involved in making the deal happen.
Speaking to The Guardian, Marine made clear that Amazon isn’t at all worried about its purchase. Quite the opposite, in fact. “We talk a lot at Amazon about making bold bets but I have to say I put this in the class of like a safe bet,” Marine stated. “This is on the safer side of bets I’ve made. We look at everything when we consider a new show and deal. The reality is these three guys have made a great show for a long time. They have a passionate following and yeah, sometimes they are controversial. But I can tell you people are excited to see them back on air.” But isn’t Amazon at all worried about Clarkson’s habit of being, well, Clarkson?
“No, the worst thing we could go and do is tell Jeremy, James and Richard how to make a great car show,” Marine continued. “They are in control. Those guys have a big budget and creative freedom and we are here to support them...then we get out of their way and let them make their show, make their vision without trying to put restrictions on them.” Whatever the new show is called, Jezza, Hamster, and Captain Slow have seemingly made a good choice for a new home.