ITV are set to pick up Jeremy Clarkson’s secret new car show and want to run it head-to-head against the Chris Evans’ fronted Top Gear on the BBC.
Rumours suggest that Jeremy Clarkson’s new motoring show, alongside former Top Gear co-hosts Richard Hammond and James May, will be picked up by ITV.
And the channel plan to run it in Top Gear’s traditional 8pm Sunday evening slot.
The news could prove a major headache for the BBC, with many viewers already vowing to boycott the revamped Top Gear.
Speaking to the Mirror, a source close to the ITV negotiations said:
The boys believe with the backing of ITV and a prime-time slot they can easily match, and probably beat, their BBC2 viewing figures. The thought of making a show for the BBC’s main rival is very appealing for them.
Jeremy was deeply hurt and angered by the briefing given by a mystery BBC executive which saw him linked with the name of Savile. Of course he’d like to take revenge for that slur.
Clarkson’s final Top Gear episodes will be broadcast on the BBC tonight.
ITV have yet to comment on the speculation but, if this decision comes to pass, we really don’t fancy Chris Evans’ chances of winning this ratings war!