Why? Because they can.
Chris Evans is in, and Jeremy Clarkson, Richard Hammond, and James May are officially finished with the BBC’s Top Gear. Damn, that’s actually painful to even write. Anyway, we all know that the trio is shopping around networks to find a home for their so far untitled new car show. There’ve been many suitors, but a new report from The Daily Mail is claiming that ITV has made the most serious offer so far. Jezza, Hamster, Captain Slow and former TG executive producer Andy Wilman are satisfied with the offer and are ready to sign the dotted line.
However, there’s a bit of a problem: There’s a clause in their BBC contracts stating they can’t appear on a rival British TV channel for two years from the time they left the network. That means if they were to go ahead with ITV, their new show won’t appear until 2017, giving Chris Evans ample time to get situated at his new gig and become more of a ratings competitor. Unlike ITV, however, Netflix and Amazon Prime, who are both keen on having the trio, are web-based streaming services and, most importantly, aren’t based in the UK. We’ll have to wait and see what transpires. In the meantime, the BBC is probably already regretting its decision to dump Clarkson; the last episode of TG was seen by almost six million people, a new BBC ratings record.