Clarkson may use legal loophole for Top Gear challenger show

The Jeremy Clarkson ‘fracas’ has been one big publicity stuntJeremy Clarkson may still be able to make a Top Gear rival for ITV despite a BBC non-compete clause – by using a legal loophole.

Lawyers for Clarkson, James May and Richard Hammond believe that, by using a US firm to make the show, they’ll be able to overcome the BBC’s contractual roadblock.

The Sunday Mirror reports that the former Top Gear trio reckon they can make the show through an American production company and then sell the rights around the world – including to ITV in the UK.

The BBC non-compete clause is believed to stop Clarkson, Hammond and May from working with a UK broadcaster until 2017.

It’s not the only deal on offer to the trio though, reports the Sunday newspaper. An offer from Netflix is still being considered, that would see a new post-Top Gear Clarkson show being broadcast online instead.

Clarkson’s Top Gear contract was not renewed by the BBC back in March, following the star’s now-infamous ‘fracas’ with a producer. This was despite ‘The Stig’ delivering a petition of one million signatures to the BBC in a tank.

Richard Hammond and James May reportedly also turned down an offer from the BBC to continue on Top Gear without Clarkson

BBC Radio 2 DJ Chris Evans has since been announced as Clarkson’s replacement on Top Gear. Public auditions to find a guest presenter are also now underway.


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