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Ex-‘Top Gear’ Hosts in Talks for New Series

Jul 6, 2015  •  Post A Comment

With the global hit “Top Gear” rebooting in the wake of the firing of Jeremy Clarkson, Clarkson and his former co-hosts Richard Hammond and James May are working on a new car show that would compete with “Top Gear.”

Variety reports that Netflix and ITV are the front-runners to land the new show, with Hulu also in the running.

The BBC is readying to relaunch “Top Gear” with its new host, Chris Evans. Clarkson was fired earlier this year after a physical altercation with one of the show’s producers, after Clarkson had been a part of the show on and off since 1988.

After Clarkson’s ouster, Hammond and May opted not to remain with the series.

“Netflix is said to have made a sizable offer — said to be for multiple seasons — to land the show,” Variety reports. “The SVOD giant is in the midst of an expansion push in the U.K. and Europe. The international profile of ‘Top Gear’ combined with the strong U.K. interest in the trio’s comeback effort makes it a no-brainer for Netflix. Netflix currently carries past seasons of ‘Top Gear’ going back to 2011.”

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