James May Says No to Top Gear Without Jeremy Clarkson
James May has announced he will not co-host Top Gear without Jeremy Clarkson.
The notice puts an end to James’s May’s quietness about the firing of long-time co-host Clarkson.
Producers of the long-running BBC show have been feverishly scrambling to find a suitable replacement for the feisty presenter since his dismissal from the show in March. Clarkson was fired for physically and verbally insulting Top Gear’s producer Oisin Tymon.
In an interview with the Guardian, May said, “Me and (Richard) Hammond with a surrogate Jeremy is a non-starter, it just wouldn’t work. That would be lame, or ‘awks’ as young people say.” “It has to be the three of us. You can’t just put a surrogate Jeremy in and expect it to carry on. It would be forced. I don’t believe they would be stupid enough to try that.”
May co-presented in the original Top Gear show in 1999, then returned to hosting the revived Top Gear in 2003. May acquired the moniker “Captain Slow” due to his cautious driving style. Later on, in season 9 of the show he took the Bugatti Veyron to its top speed of 253 miles per hour.
The announcement doesn’t mean an end to May’s employment at the BBC.
Also, the trio won’t rule out a return to the BBC, but only as a trio.
‘It doesn’t mean I won’t go back, we may all go back in the future. It might just be we have a break from it. I don’t know.’
Both May and Hammond let their contracts expire in March, leaving the group of presenters open to being approached by other television networks. The automotive world and Top Gear aficionados will be awaiting any news to see where these blokes end up.
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