James May Bidding Farewell To Top Gear Unless Clarkson Returns

Cameron Aubernon
by Cameron Aubernon
james may bidding farewell to top gear unless clarkson returns

Top Gear presenter James May is saying farewell to the show, as hosting it with Richard Hammond and a “surrogate” Jeremy Clarkson would be “lame.”

May explained hiring a replacement for the dismissed host is a “non-starter” at best, as the chemistry that made the trio what it was would be hard to replicate without Clarkson, according to The Guardian:

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 added he’d like to continue working with the BBC on other projects and there may be a possibility of all three returning to Top Gear someday.

Regarding Clarkson’s dismissal as a result of the “fracas” between he and producer Oisin Tymon in March, the host says the BBC “haven’t completely closed the door on Jeremy’s return,” adding the broadcaster only decided not to renew his contract instead of outright firing and/or banning him.

Whether the trio would reunite for a production elsewhere, May did not rule it out, though non-compete clauses in at least one of the presenters’ contracts would make the jump difficult for now.

May also said he would be happy to film new studio and other footage for the remaining three episodes of Top Gear previously cancelled. The BBC says those three would air sometime this year, with this summer being the earliest.

[Photo credit: Wikimedia Commons]

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  • Lou_BC Lou_BC on Apr 23, 2015

    Jay Leno could "pinch hit" until they can find a suitable Brit.

  • Panzerfaust Panzerfaust on Apr 24, 2015

    Top Gear is the biggest show that BBC has, and everyone knows it. The chemistry between Clarkson, May and Hammond is what makes the show what it is. Without them you may as well show reruns of Top Gear USA, but in the long run, its just a TV show, if it ends it ends everyone will be just fine without it.

  • Stevelovescars Stevelovescars on Apr 24, 2015

    I enjoy TG but honestly found Clarkson tiresome, predictable, and boring. I liked James May's segments the best, honestly. He also did some other interesting shows on the BBC. The time he built a full-sized house out of Legos comes to mind. I'm sure (and hope) he has other interesting opportunities outside of Top Gear flying at him now.

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    • Corey Lewis Corey Lewis on Apr 24, 2015

      @Corey Lewis Oh I meant the actual little cars, that were classified as scooters, that the French children were allowed to drive under a special license. He did that segment with the French girl, yelling at her to slow down etc. (lol) Simca made it to North America, but only Canada, and not for a very long time (under Chrysler ownership).

  • Skor Skor on Apr 25, 2015

    Save the drama for your mama.