Amazon is reportedly set to end its deal with presenter Jeremy Clarkson even with another series of The Grand Tour and another two of Clarkson’s Farm on the way from the streaming giant.
Hollywood trade bible Variety reported that the vintage presenter is “likely” to part ways following “the conclusion of existing agreements,” so the question for many observers is whether its based on moral outrage over his desire to smear excrement over Meghan Markle, as he so horrifyingly wrote late last year in his column in The Sun newspaper or in fact the streamer’s aversion to failing in terms of revenue making or loss making for its huge outlay on the Englishman’s distinctive image and style.
Amazon signed the former Top Gear team for an eyewatering £160m in 2016, after his firing by the BBC in 2015 for punching Irish Top Gear producer Oisin Tymon whom he blamed for failing to prepare a sirloin steak late at night for Clarkson.
Parrot Analytics – A US global audience measurement company, says demand for Clarkson’s Farm is 30% lower than demand for the average show in the United States.
They say that 64% of all shows fit into the average demand window – thereby putting Clarkson in the bottom 20% of all shows watched stateside.
With Amazon shedding UK subscribers, Clarkson is really struggling to justify his reported £10m salary.
He has though retained his lucrative gig at hosting Who Wants to be a Millionaire for now – ITV have confirmed another series.
The Sun stood him down for his indelicate remarks on the Duchess of Sussex but he’s still writing for the Sunday Times.