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Amazon Gives Jeremy Clarkson £160 Million Budget! Piers Morgan Mocks Ex ‘Top Gear’ Team’s Deal

Aug 14, 2015 12:11 PM EDT | By Jason Fonbuena
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Fans shouldn't worry too much about Jeremy Clarkson, Richard Hammond and James May moving to Amazon for their new show as the former "Top Gear" team has reportedly secured generous funding from the online retail giant.

"The new show has been given the ridiculously huge sum of £160 million to spend on 36 episodes over three years, equalling just under £4.5 million per episode," Metro reported.

With its allotted budget, the website said the new show will be "one of the most expensive programmes ever."

As reported by Franchise Herald previously, executive producer Andy Wilman said one of the reasons Amazon snagged Jeremy Clarkson, Richard Hammond and James May is editorial freedom.

As it turns out, a big budget was also part of the former "Top Gear" team's demands, as Metro reported.

And although fans from around the world are eager for the trio's return, "Life Stories" presenter Piers Morgan has recently mocked the upcoming Amazon Prime show.

"I thought it was Amazon Prime, not Amazon Past Your Prime," Morgan told Digital Spy.

The 50-year-old television personality added that the new show "will do very well for Amazon Prime" but Clarkson, Hammond and May's fame "will be rapidly diminished because they won't have the big audience."

Morgan also said that the trio will "feel a bit awkward" when the now Chris Evans-fronted "Top Gear" premieres.

"It'll be interesting to see how they deal with that psychologically, because it's not the same."

He did say that he thinks the deal will be financially rewarding for all parties concerned.

Morgan and Clarkson are known for their enmity towards each other but the former insists that they have put their differences behind them.

"We did make up in a pub last summer. We got riotously drunk in our local together and put it all behind us so I've got no ill feeling towards Jeremy."

Neither Amazon nor Jeremy Clarkson and the former "Top Gear" team have announced an exact release date for their new show. It is expected to air sometime next year.

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