The original trio that made up the UK’s popular show about cars, Top Gear, are coming back with a new show this week that will be streaming on Amazon Prime Video. The Grand Tour stars Jeremy Clarkson, James May and Richard Hammond.
Clarkson was infamously fired from the original when he got into a fight with a Top Gear producer. His colleagues followed suit in a show of solidarity. Clarkson is still making news – for the wrong reasons. This week, German police announced they have opened an investigation into Clarkson’s claim he was kept off a flight at Stuttgart airport because an employee there was unhappy with the Top Gear fight.
Nonetheless, the trio is back, with its new show which kicks off Friday. And they have been Tweeting for the buildup:
— The Grand Tour (@thegrandtour) November 5, 2016
— The Grand Tour (@thegrandtour) November 15, 2016
However, Clarkson – being Clarkson – couldn’t let the moment pass without a controversial comment. In an interview with Newsweek, Clarkson expressed indifference about the show’s success:
“People could say, ‘This is a terrible program and Amazon’s wasted its money,’ and I’ll go, ‘Yeah, I’ll be dead before they even notice,’” Clarkson says.
Amazon is, no doubt, hoping the show isn’t a waste of money. It has budgeted $200 million for three seasons of The Grand Tour. Amazon is also launching a promotion to coincide with the show’s launch, offering a $79 Amazon Prime Membership – a $20 discount off the usual annual fee.