James May's Doing the Amazon Prime Version of Top Gear Out of Duty, Not Choice

By Aatif Sulleyman on at

Former Top Gear presenter James May has revealed a few more details about the new car show set to debut on Amazon Prime this autumn. He’s confirmed that he and fellow hosts Jeremy Clarkson and Richard Hammond have a massive budget to play with, and that there'll be at least 30 episodes to look forward to.

“It is massively expensive what we are doing, for reasons that I hope will become apparent when you see it,” he said. “We are doing it over three years and there are going to be 30-plus long episodes.”

May has also admitted that it wasn’t his choice to press ahead with the new motoring show when the trio left the BBC. He said he toyed with the idea of “taking a few years out or knocking it on the head” and perhaps taking up teaching, but felt that he’d be letting a lot of people down if he turned his back on the old team.

“People still wanted us to keep doing it so we had a duty to,” he said. “And you didn’t want to be the one who didn’t keep doing it, it would have looked churlish and mean spirited.”

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He spoke out about the revamped show’s recent Cenotaph-related incident too, saying that he understood the reasons behind the stunt, while labelling it as ‘inappropriate’.

“That was probably a little bit ill-judged,” he said. “I have driven up and down that road yes but no, I don’t do doughnuts. It’s inappropriate wherever you do it in my view. It was possibly a little unwise, ill-advised. Once they got to the point where they had to reinvent it, they had to have the balls to reinvent it totally, which is what they have done.” [Guardian]