Jeremy Clarkson sobered up for the Amazon deal but will he stay that way?

Article by Christian Andrei, on April 8, 2016

Cliché as it may be, we have been constantly reminded to not drink and drive. Friday nights can be a little tempting with some slight nudging from a few officemates and before you know it, you’re down on your nth bottle of beer. We all know booze mixed with a few stupid stunts can get you into as much trouble as your mouth and actions can get you.

So while you’re at it, think about downing the next bottle the night before an important appointment because you cannot undo what has been done. Regrets only happen after and never before an incident. This has been a lesson learned by former BBC “Top Gear” host Jeremy Clarkson as talks about a brand new show has been surfacing.

Clarkson has been well known for his gruff demeanour as well as a few antics under the influence of alcohol. But due to negotiations for his brand new show, Clarkson decided that it is time to be sober. Clarkson and his former Top Gear co-hosts Richard Ammond and James May as well as executive producer Andy Wilman have been reported to be undergoing a negotiation process for a $15 million deal with Netflix.

It is said that Hammond and May will turn down a £4 million BBC offer apparently to have them return to Top Gear; but instead, the duo has kept it tight with their former colleague Clarkson by choosing to do the Netflix deal with him.

It is said that Clarkson will be earning almost $15 million a year for this deal which has a production budget of about $7 million per programme, more than $5 million bigger than the production budget per Top Gear show. No wonder Clarkson has kept himself sober for roughly five months.

As much as Clarkson’s body wants revolt to his sudden lifestyle change, it is for the better. He revealed in an interview that being sober was a great help for him and the negotiation process for his upcoming show because “Californians have a habit of ringing at 11 pm”.

You never want to babble a jumble of words to your future boss, wouldn’t you? Clarkson has thought better of his actions and his future, and has been successfully booze-free for roughly five months. In an interview with Charlotte Edwardes, Clarkson admitted that he was in a prison-like place to get him to sober up but clarified that he never went to rehab.

He also said that “You can’t deal with Californian lawyers if you’ve had a couple glasses of wine”, which is nice to know that he is taking things seriously. Clarkson has been a frequent visitor in pubs drinking Rose wine and sometimes in France, in a wine estate called Chateaux Leoube which is famous for its rose, red and white.

Their wine is made of hand-picked grapes that are processed through traditional methods. Chateaux Leoube has won awards for its red and rose wines including the 2011 World Wine Championship. No wonder Clarkson prefers to pay at least £50 per bottle whenever he downs one in London.

But now that the former Top Gear host has finally decided to mellow it down with his drinking, he has been on a chocolate spree and has saved as much as £500 per week. However, after the talks and negotiations with Netflix ended and with the show to premier later this year on Amazon Prime, it seems like Clarkson’s tweets have been revealing that he hasn’t stayed sober since. Let’s just hope he stays sober enough to keep his job.

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