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BBC bans Jeremy Clarkson from using the word 'Gear' in new Amazon show title


By Gillian West, Social media manager

April 9, 2016 | 2 min read

Jeremy Clarkson's new Amazon Prime show will not have the word 'gear' in the title thanks to a legal challenge from the BBC.

Due to air in the autumn, the latest trailer for the as yet untitled show sees Clarkson and his co-hosts James May and Richard Hammond suggest names for the show, including 'tripod' and 'auto-mates'.

Even Clarkson's suggestions 'Selling England by the Pound' and 'Watcher of the Skies' are shot down.

Taking to Twitter Clarkson revealed the show couldn't have the word 'gear' in the title thanks to 'legal reasons'. He tweeted: 'Thanks for your suggestions. But be aware: for legal reasons, we cannot use a name with the word "gear" in it."

Suggestions put forward by Twitter users included 'Three Guys, A Car and A Pizza Place' and '2 Men and a Hamster'.

The BBC has yet to respond to Clarkson's claims.

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