New Amazon Show from Former ‘Top Gear’ Hosts Still Needs A Name
It looks like Jeremy Clarkson, Richard Hammond, and James May are struggling to find a name for their new Amazon Prime show.
Last time we heard, the former Top Gear hosts were planning on calling their new show Gear Knobs—a rather rude, yet entirely fitting title. Well, it looks like Gear Knobs is not going to happen.
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According to a report from Auto Evolution, the trio’s legal team has forbidden them to use the name on a global scale. Their lawyer informed them that any pun related to Top Gear, BBC, or any other wordplay leading to the former show wouldn’t go past regulators. The BBC owns the rights to a variety of titles from the Top Gear show, which means, “Top” or “Gear” cannot be used.
Along with “Top” and “Gear,” other phrases that are trademarked by the BBC include, “The Cool Wall,” “Star in a Reasonably Priced Car,” and, of course, “The Stig.” So it’s easy to see that none of these segments will show up on Clarkson, Hammond, and May’s new show.
I don’t know about you, but I was personally looking forward to the show being called Gear Knobs, mostly because I have the humor of an adolescent boy.
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It’s still unclear as to the direction this name will take. Once the trio finds a name that they can all agree on—and it’s approved by their legal team—Amazon then has to give them the go-ahead, too. Jeremy Clarkson has even said that he has spent “thousands of pounds” on attorney fees to find a new name for the show. Hopefully, the trio is able to settle upon a name soon—and hopefully, it will be just as delightful as Gear Knobs.
- Caitlin MoranEditor
A born-and-raised Jersey girl, Caitlin Moran has somehow found herself settled in Edinburgh, Scotland. When she’s not spending her days trying to remember which side of the road to drive on, Caitlin enjoys getting down and nerdy with English. She continues to combine her love of writing with her love of cars for The News Wheel, while also learning more about the European car market—including the fact that the Seat brand is pronounced “se-at” not “seat” as you might think. See more articles by Caitlin.