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Practical: Jeremy Clarkson has reportedly ‘moved back into the £2.5million country estate in Chipping Norton with his ex-wife Frances Cain’
He’s been incredibly busy filming his new motoring series for Amazon Prime – and reports claim that Jeremy Clarkson has moved into the £2.5million estate where his ex-wife still lives.
According to the Sunday Mirror, the 55-year-old has moved back to the country estate, and spends his ‘weekends and down-time at a guest cottage in the grounds in Chipping Norton.’
The paper claims: ‘He is still close to wife of 22 years Frances Cain and likes to pop to the main house for meals with her and their three children.’
It is also reported that his current girlfriend Phillipa Sage comes to stay but keeps a discreet distance.’
While Jeremy is abroad a lot and has a flat in London, it’s suggested he likes to stay at the country residence to be close to his children.
MailOnline has contacted a spokesperson for Jeremy Clarkson for comment.
The news comes a week after the former Top Gear presenter Jeremy Clarkson has shared a picture from the first day of filming his new show in Portugal.
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Firm friends: The pair – pictured in 2010, are still close after 22 years of marriage
Clarkson’s £2.5 million estate in Chipping Norton is an eight-bedroom manor house set in seven acres of land
He captioned the image with the words: ‘With a skeleton crew, filming for Amazon Prime’s new motoring programme has begun.’
It started a Twitter frenzy, with nearly 20,000 favouriting the tweet, and motoring blog The Verge claiming the track appeared to be the famous Nürburgring in Germany.
But a number of social media users quickly corrected them, certain that the circuit in the pictures is the Autódromo Internacional Algarve, a small race track in Portugal.
It has the same blue pit lane, with red-fronted buildings to the left and a spectator stand to the right that are seen in other photos of the tiny track.
Getting into gear: Jeremy Clarkson posted a snap of the first day of filming his new motoring show for Amazon on Wednesday, promting a Twitter frenzy, with nearly 20,000 favouriting the tweet, and some naming the location as the Autódromo Internacional Algarve, a small race track in Portugal
Amazon have not confirmed the location but other photos show it has the same blue pit lane, with red-fronted buildings to the left and a spectator stand to the right
Clarkson also posted a picture of dawn on the first day of filming the new series for Amazon, which many followers said was fitting as it marked a new beginning for the presenter controversially sacked by the BBC
But there is no dispute over the cars: the Ferrari LaFerrari, the McLaren P1, and the Porsche 918 Spyder – a showdown of some of the highest performance cars on the market.
The photo shows Jeremy dressed down in his trademark baggy jeans and blue shirt and cut a trim figure as he posed with his hands on his hips.
Clarkson also posted a picture of dawn on the first day of filming the new series for Amazon, which many followers said was fitting as it marked a new beginning for the presenter controversially sacked by the BBC.
The details have not yet been officially confirmed by Amazon, which has kept the details of the series closely guarded, until now.
Back in the day: Amazon have declined to say how much the three presenters are being paid, but the deal is said to be worth around £160million over three years
Amazon founder Jeff Bezos recently revealed it had been ‘very, very, very expensive’ to acquire former Top Gear presenters Clarkson, May and Hammond.
The boss declined to say how much the three presenters were being paid but the deal is said to be worth around £160million over three years.
The first series of the show is due to launch next year on the online retailer’s streaming video service Amazon Prime.
The company CEO said he was ‘very excited’ by the acquisition but told James Quinn of the Sunday Telegraph that Clarkson, May and Hammond were ‘worth a lot, and they know it’.
Meanwhile, it’s been alleged that Jeremy had a row with close companion Phillipa Sage during a game of boules while holidaying in St Tropez, France, last week.
A source told the Daily Star: ‘He was going to play pétanque in the square but stopped with his friend to have a beer first.
‘Then she said something to him and he said, “Oh well, I’m not playing anymore and I’m leaving”… he wasn’t happy.’
Additionally, the timing of Jeremy’s picture posting comes just 24 hours after Chris Evans hinted that there may not be co-hosts with him as he takes the Top Gear reigns.
Evans suggested that the old format, which saw Jeremy Richard Hammond and James May co-present together, may not be a fixture going forward.
Replacement: Chris Evans hinted that there may not be co-hosts with him at all times throughout the new show
Speaking to the Press Association, he said: ‘We are going to do things differently, because we have to, we want to.’
‘And also, the second you wander off into the ‘Well, I’m the main host, and this is my mate over here and my mate over here, if there’s three of you and you go and make a film together, suddenly you’re doing what they did. Why would you do that?
‘Because they were brilliant at it, I’m not going to do that.
‘So, one thing is for sure, there’s not going to be me and one guy there, and one guy there, that’s not going to happen.’