Amazon handed Jeremy Clarkson, James May and Richard Hammond £35.8million to make the Grand Tour, accounts reveal
- Former Top Gear trio paid £35.8m by Amazon to make The Grand Tour
- Figures from their company Chump Holdings show they made £7m profit
- And their 28 staff were paid £3.3m, or an average of £118,000 each
Amazon paid Jeremy Clarkson, James May and Richard Hammond £35.8million to make The Grand Tour, it has been revealed.
The figures emerged after the publishing of the accounts for the trio's firm Chump Holdings Limited, formed when they left the BBC's Top Gear.
They made a profit of almost £7million and paid £1.7million in corporation tax.
It means the trio were paid more than £2million per instalment of the 13-episode online series, while the company's 28 staff were paid £3.3million in total, around £118,000 each on average.
(From left) James May, Jeremy Clarkson and Richard Hammond were paid £35.8million to make The Grand Tour, their accounts have revealed
Figures for the trio's firm Chump Holdings show they were paid more than £2million per installment of the 13-episode first series
The trio signed a three-year deal with the web giants after leaving Top Gear following Clarkson's sacking by the BBC due to a row with a producer.
He was followed out the door by May and Hammond, who signed up with Amazon after receiving a string of offers to make similar car-based shows from other broadcasters.
The accounts, which cover the period October 2015 to the end of December 2016 and are signed by James May, said: 'The Group's profit for the financial period was £6.7 million.
'The profit was driven by television programming produced during the period ended 31 December 2016.
'The directors are keen to continue focusing on quality programming whilst ensuring that the company's overheads are kept stable.'
The show was a major hook to get people to sign up for Amazon's streaming service Amazon Prime, which costs £79 a year.
But it has not been without its fair share of controversy, with presenter Richard Hammond twice involved in accidents during filming for the second series, including a horror crash in Switzerland after which he was airlifted to hospital.
The 47-year-old flipped a £2million electric supercar which then burst into flames - although Hammond miraculously made it out alive with just a fractured knee.
The filming of the second series has not been without controversy, with Richard Hammond escaping a horror crash in Switzerland, pictured, with just a fractured ankle
The trio also caused outrage in Yorkshire after their filming, pictured, closed off parts of a village that left residents facing a 10-mile detour
His Grand Tour colleagues May and Clarkson were 'staggered' he survived because there was 'nothing left' of the vehicle.
Pictures from the scene showed the Rimac Concept One car in flames alongside a road in St. Gallen before the blaze was extinguished by firefighters.
Grand Tour producer Amazon later released images showing the burnt-out wreckage of the car laying upside down on a hill.
The crash is reported to have happened on a road that was closed for the Bergrennen Hemberg race.
Previously Hammond - who sustained brain injuries after a 288mph rocket car accident in 2006 for Top Gear - had banged his head after falling from a motorbike while filming in a 'remote' part of Mozambique in March.
Hammond, pictured, and colleagues signed with Amazon after leaving the BBC following Jeremy Clarkson's sacking
Clarkson, pictured, was fire after a fracas with a producer which led to an investigation
He did not suffer any serious injuries although Clarkson described his co-star as being 'quite badly hurt' and it is believed he was knocked unconscious.
Meanwhile the trio angered drivers in Yorkshire in May after causing a 10-mile detour to be arranged when filming caused part of a village to be closed off.
Residents in Farnley Tyas, near Huddersfield, said the delays caused chaos when they forced to find alternative routes home while the presenters drove a black Toyota Hilax fitted with a jet engine and made to look like a boat.
The show was also slammed after a tongue-in-cheek skit showing 'a better way for immigrants of getting into Britain' by being 'smuggled in the boot of an Audi TT'.
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