That’s right. The guy who got into a catering temper tantrum and assaulted someone — but who also happens to have one of the most popular shows of all time — is raking in a stellar paycheck. The Post states the deal is worth $250 million for three years and 36 episodes.
That’s almost $7 million per episode in case you haven’t done the math.
Bezos told the UK’s Sunday Telegraph that the move was “very, very, very expensive.”
“It can’t just be one show, it has to be a number of things,” Bezos continued in the Telegraph. “We have a lot of things in the pipeline, which I think viewers in the UK and around the world are going to love. And I think Clarkson’s new show is going to be one of those.”
The new as-yet-to-be-named show will also bring on board Clarkson’s Top Gear co-stars James May and Richard Hammond and producer Andy Wilman. While their payouts will not likely be $250M, Bezos alluded to the fact that they would be paid handsomely as well.
It was just announced in July that the Top Gear guys were headed to Amazon Prime’s streaming service. With a reported audience of around 350 million people worldwide, it will be interesting to see exactly who’s tuning in when it launches sometime in 2016.