Amazon executive dodges Top Gear controversy question at TV press event

Amazon executive dodges Top Gear controversy question at TV press event

James May, Jeremy Clarkson and Richard Hammond

So how will the new ‘Top Gear’ look and sound on Amazon – well one of the the company’s top executives doesn’t want to talk about it yet.

At a summer press tour in LA, Amazon Studios director Roy Price said they were optimistic their new motoring show would be a hit.

When asked if there were any ground rules set for Jeremy Clarkson in terms of language and slurs, it seems that Mr Price prefers not to “not think a lot about it.”

“I can’t comment on all the details of our discussions or contracts… but we’re bullish on the show and think it will tour out well,” he said.

Jeremy Clarkson, James May and Richard Hammond’s new show on Amazon’s streaming video service, Amazon Prime, was revealed last week.

As we know Top Gear was pretty well known for all those Clarkson controversies.

They included protests in Argentina over a number plate that appeared to refer to the Falklands War, calling an Asian man a “slope“, saying a toilet in a car boot was “perfect for India because everyone who comes here gets the trots” and calling Mexicans “lazy” and “feckless”.

In the end Clarkson’s BBC contract wasn’t renewed after he hit a producer.

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His co-hosts May and Hammond also left the show as did series producer Andy Wilman after the “unprovoked physical attack” on producer Oisin Tymon.

In June, Clarkson said he was “so sad and sorry it’s ended like this” after the final episode of Top Gear hosted by the current presenting team was screened.

James May, Jeremy Clarkson and Richard Hammond

Now, Clarkson, Hammond and May will front three series on Amazon Prime, with the first season available worldwide in 2016.

In a statement from Amazon, Clarkson said: “I feel like I’ve climbed out of a biplane and into a spaceship.”

Hammond said: “Amazon? Oh yes. I have already been there. I got bitten by a bullet ant.” And May added: “We have become part of the new age of smart TV. Ironic, isn’t it?”

Top Gear is continuing on the BBC with new host Chris Evans.

Lisa Clark, who worked with Evans on The Big Breakfast, is the show’s new producer and two more co-hosts are due to be announced soon.

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