Ever since Jeremy Clarkson was controversially dropped from the BBC’s flagship series Top Gear, fans of the program have wondered what his next move could possibly be. Would the executives at BBC reconsider his value to their organization and bring Clarkson back home, or would they to try surge ahead with stars Richard Hammond and James May?
The Mirror reports that in an effort to retain the services of Hammond and May, the BBC could offer them a combined pay rise of $12 million for another season of the hit show. However, sources close to the legendary hosting trio seem to believe that “no amount of money” could convince the stars to return without their fearless leader, Jeremy Clarkson.
Further proof that Hammond and May are considering leaving the BBC is the departure from the series of executive producer Andy Wilman, an old friend of Clarkson and a creative force behind the scenes that’s given the series its signature voice.
A new home at Netflix would certainly offer the trio more editorial control, and the international acclaim for their work on Top Gear would broaden Netflix’s global footprint. For now, the BBC remains mum on any answers about the future of Top Gear but it is expected that Clarkson will announce his next move in the weeks ahead.