Jeremy Clarkson could still launch a rival Top Gear show with Richard Hammond and James May despite BBC’s ban.
It was reported that Jeremy Clarkson, Richard Hammond and James May will reportedly have to wait two years if they want to launch a motoring show on ITV to rival BBC’s Top Gear.
The Mirror reported that a clause in the Top Gear stars’ old BBC contracts prevents them from making a rival motoring show on a UK channel until April 2017.
Now it appears that Clarkson’s lawyers have found a way around the BBC ban, by launching his rival Top Gear show in America.
Clarkson will then be able to sell rights to air his American show in the United Kingdom, ITV could buy it.
A source told the paper: “It has been a battle with all the legal complications, but after some solid advice Jeremy believes they’ll successfully get around the issues despite the BBC making desperate efforts to stop them.”