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“Top Gear” Host James May: Show Without Clarkson Will be “Lame”

Motor Trend logo Motor Trend 4/23/2015 Erick Ayapana

“Top Gear” host James May says he’ll return to the show, but only if Jeremy Clarkson is filming alongside him and co-host Richard Hammond as well. May made the comment this week almost a month after the BBC’s decision to not renew Clarkson’s contract following an alleged assault on a show producer.

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Following Clarkson’s departure from “Top Gear,” May has been relatively cryptic, if not comical about his future, documenting his new hobbies like cooking and playing the recorder via Twitter. But May recently spoke with The Guardian, stating that filming “Top Gear” with a new host in place of Clarkson was a “non-starter.”

“It just wouldn’t work,” May told The Guardian. “That would be lame, or ‘awks’ as young people say…. It has to be the three of us.” James May Richard Hammond Jeremy Clarkson Top Gear© Provided by MotorTrend James May Richard Hammond Jeremy Clarkson Top Gear

The Guardian reports that contracts for May and Hammond expired last month. There’s currently no indication that their contracts will be renewed, which raises the strong possibility of an entirely new cast for the show, which the BBC still plans to continue for 2016.

May, however, says the three of them reuniting in the future is still possible. For starters, May points out that Clarkson isn’t officially banned or fired from the BBC, but that only his contract has expired. “It’s a subtle difference but an important one,” May told The Guardian.

That means the three could eventually return to The BBC and continue with "Top Gear" or another completely different car-related show. If that doesn’t work out, the trio could land at another outlet like Netflix. © Provided by MotorTrend

Clarkson has also been vocal about his future. He’s also open to the idea of the “Top Gear” trio reuniting at another outlet and reaffirmed his desire to do another car show in his most recent column in The SundayTimes.

Meanwhile, the BBC announced it will air the remaining episodes of this season’s “Top Gear” filmed before Clarkson’s suspension in March. Those episodes are slated to air this summer or later this year.

Source: The Guardian 1, 2

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