May Won’t Return To Top Gear Without Clarkson, But Won’t Rule Out The Trio Reuniting

May Won’t Return To Top Gear Without Clarkson, But Won’t Rule Out The Trio Reuniting

It’s official, James May is out of Top Gear as long as Jeremy Clarkson is too.

It’s been over a month since the ‘fracas’, we’ve seen plenty of unemployment videos about cooking and playing the recorder, and now May has spoken out about his plans with the popular motoring show. He’s admitted that he believes Top Gear without Clarkson would just be ‘awks’.

“It would be a bloody tough call to do Top Gear without Jeremy, that would be a bit of a daft idea,” he said in an Interview with The Guardian today.

“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. That would be short sighted and I don’t think it would work. Virtually impossible.”

There have been many names tossed about the arena as a possible replacement for Jezza, including Bake Off’s Sue Perkins, TT racer Guy Martin, actor Philip Glenister and even Angela Rippon. However, in May’s eyes it would never be the same if he and Hammond were to continue without their accomplice.

“Me and Hammond with a surrogate Jeremy is a non-starter, it just wouldn’t work. That would be lame, or ‘awks’ as young people say,” he explained.

“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.”

That doesn’t mean an end to Top Gear though. The presenter alluded to The Guardian that all three presenters could still return to the show, saying, “we may all go back in the future. It might just be we have a break from it.”

“In the future when all this has blown over there might be an opportunity for three of us to get back together on the BBC to do Top Gear or a car show of some sort,” he said.

“The BBC haven’t completely closed the door on Jeremy’s return. They’ve not banned him or fired him, only just not renewed his contract for the moment. It’s a subtle difference but an important one.”

It was announced this week that the remaining Top Gear footage will air on the BBC later this year, read more about it here.

Could there be a Top Gear without Clarkson? Tell us what you think in the comments below.

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