James May hints Top Gear days are over following Jeremy Clarkson's BBC exit

May and fellow presenter Richard Hammond are thought to be in line to leave the show after Clarkson was dismissed from the BBC

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James May has hinted further that he will quit Top Gear, saying he would like to go back to normal life.

The presenter said he was considering what to do next following Jeremy Clarkson’s dismissal by the BBC.

Speaking outside his home in west London today, May said he thought his days of working on the show were up.

He said the Top Gear trio “always knew it wasn’t going to last forever” after presenting the show together for 12 years, the Mail Online reported

May said he often thought about the day the show came to an end and looked forward to getting back to a normal life. He added that he thought those days had already arrived.

Jeremy-Clarkson-tank-Getty.jpg May's comments have been echoed by Richard Hammond, who suggested yesterday that the show had reached “an end of an era” following Clarkson’s dismissal from the BBC.

“Gutted at such a sad end to an era. We’re all three of us idiots in our different ways but it’s been an incredible ride together,” he wrote on Twitter. Yesterday, May said “it would require a lot of careful thought” about whether to continue presenting Top Gear with Hammond without Clarkson.

“I think we’re very much the three of us as a package, it works for very complicated reasons that a lot of people don’t fully understand. So that will require a lot of careful thought,” he told Sky News.


On Wednesday the BBC announced that Clarkson’s contract with Top Gear would not be renewed after an internal investigation by the broadcaster found that he had launched an “unprovoked physical and verbal attack” on Tymon, who subsequently drove himself to A&E.

Regarding the decision, BBC director general Tony Hall said: “For me a line has been crossed. There cannot be one rule for one and one rule for another dictated by either rank, or public relations and commercial considerations.”

However, it may not be the end of Clarkson's relationship with the BBC after the corporation's creative director Alan Yentob said he would not rule out the Top Gear guru making a return.

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