Jeremy Clarkson to get £5m from selling Top Gear stake – Daily TV round-up

Jeremy Clarkson is reportedly set to get £5 million from selling his stake in 'Top Gear'.

In the money: Jeremy Clarkson reportedly cashing in Top Gear shares (Credit: PA)

The presenter, who is already the highest-paid star in the BBC, owns half of the production company Bedder 6, which makes the show.

In selling back his and producer Andy Wilman's share of the company to BBC Worldwide, which owns the other half, he's set for a mammoth payday.

And it won't stop there; he will still receive his £500,000 fee for presenting the show in a deal which will see him helm the motoring programme up to 2015.

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A spokesperson for BBC Worldwide said: “BBC Worldwide has agreed new commercial deals with Jeremy, James, Richard and Andy to secure 'Top Gear’s international future for another three years.

“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.”

The deal is to be paid for by the BBC's commercial division.

Clarkson and Wilman, who met while at private school Repton in Derbyshire, formed the company in order to exploit the show's popularity abroad.

Clarkson is said to be worth in the region of £50 million. [Daily Mail]

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