James May ‘will not return to Top Gear’ without Clarkson
23 April 2015
From the section Entertainment & Arts
May changed his Twitter account to say ‘former Top Gear presenter’ last month
Top Gear presenter James May has said he will not return to the BBC show without co-host Jeremy Clarkson, who was dropped from the show last month.
“Me and Hammond with a surrogate Jeremy is a non-starter. It has to be the three of us,” he told the Guardian.
He added that Top Gear without Clarkson would be a “tough call” and “a bit of a daft idea”.
Clarkson was removed from presenting duties on the motoring show after assaulting producer Oisin Tymon.
“I don’t think you could carry on with two people and put someone in as the new Jeremy because they are not going to be the new Jeremy,” May said.
“That would be short-sighted and I don’t think it would work. Virtually impossible.”
May changed his Twitter account to say “former Top Gear presenter” on 25 March, the day it was announced Clarkson’s contract would not be renewed.
May’s own contract, and that of his co-presenter Richard Hammond, expired last month.
It raises the possibility of an entirely new presenting line-up for the hit BBC Two show.
Shillinglaw has said the challenge of reinventing Top Gear without Clarkson was “creatively exciting”
Channel controller Kim Shillinglaw has been given the job of finding a replacement …read more
Source:: BBC Entertainment