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Netflix: Top Gear Talent "Wasn't Worth the Money" Amazon Spent

Motor Trend logo Motor Trend 9/8/2015 Kelly Pleskot
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While the BBC is moving swiftly along with plans for a new "Top Gear" without its original hosts, Amazon Prime is placing its bets on Jeremy Clarkson, Richard Hammond, and James May. The online service reportedly spent 160 million pounds on a new show with the three personalities, but not everyone is thrilled with the deal.

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Of course, the opposition comes from Amazon's online streaming rival, Netflix. A senior executive at the company said it "wasn't worth the money" Amazon spent on the deal, reports The Guardian.

“We have past episodes of Top Gear, so we have a pretty good gauge of what audiences like,” said Netflix's chief product officer Neil Hunt. “Our buying decisions tend to be somewhat data-driven. We have a lot of data to get the deals we want. Clearly it wasn’t worth the money to make the deal.”

Amazon founder and CEO Jeff Bezos defended his company's decision. Without confirming exactly how much the deal cost, he deemed it "very, very, very expensive" for a reason. The three hosts are "worth a lot and they know it," Bezos said. The deal is rumored to have cost Amazon 160 million pounds (roughly $246 million at today's exchange rates).

Despite its strong opinions, Netflix later backpedaled on its original statement. “There is an audience for everything and it is not up to us to judge if Amazon has paid too much or not," the company added to Hunt's remarks.

Whether or not Amazon paid too much money, it will launch a new show with Clarkson, Hammond, and May sometime in 2016. As for the original "Top Gear," Chris Evans will take over as host of the revamped show, but the rest of the lineup has yet to be announced.

Source: The Guardian

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