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Controversial Top Gear star Jeremy Clarkson is set to collect a huge $7.9 million payout after selling his stake in his Bedder 6 production company to the BBC.

The sale also involves the program’s executive producer, Andy Wilman, Clarkson’s partner in Bedder 6, and is said to be worth around $12.6 million in total, which will see the BBC take full control of the popular TV series.

Clarkson is also believed to earn an annual talent fee of $789,000, which will remain fixed for another three years – the additional term of the contract that Clarkson and Top Gear co-hosts Richard Hammond and James May recently signed on for.

Commenting on the new deal, BBC Worldwide said: “This agreement secures the commercial future of Top Gear without using a penny of licence fee money and allows us to continue to grow the brand around the world and return profits to the BBC.”

Clarkson will also earn a fee from the show’s commercial revenue in return for promoting the series.

  • $29896495

    good on him

    • Zaccy16

      Yeah in my opinion he deserves the money to not holding back and speaking his mind and being very funny while doing so!

  • Bc

    The man has talent and can put on a show that everyone can enjoy something hard to pull off well done clarkson!

  • Pauy

    I love Clarkson. When that man dies im going to have a man weep.

  • Edward

    Im resisting the urge to say nothing but POWERRRRRRR!!

    Though i am surprised Clarkson doesnt earn more, judging by his popularity alone.

  • Daniel

    I don’t like Clarkson anymore. I used to, but I got tired of him trashing amazing cars (even ones I didn’t like) just because of some redundant backwards idea he’d had (Porsche Boxster and 911 quips for example) but never the less, this seems like sound business to me. Good on him. 

  • Latin Fish Names

    Who cares. Clarkson is a right wing tool in my view.

    • Me

      At least he’s not a left wing looney which is part of the attraction of JC.

  • Jerrycan

    As has ben proven by Top Gear australia and US, Clarkson IS Top Gear.
    Opinionated, bossy bully whostill is as funny as all sh!t with a good turn of phrase.

  • The Salesman

    He is the best television motoring journalist……IN THE WORLD

  • AndrewF

    Not a bad payout, I wonder how long before he will retire from the show…