Jeremy Clarkson, Richard Hammond and James May have reacted to news that Chris Evans is making a "secret Top Gear film" in the only way the former presenting trio could.
The three men, whose future remains in doubt after Clarkson's BBC contract was not renewed in March, all posted seemingly mocking tweets shortly after the Radio 1 DJ let slip his plans to shoot a "Top Gear sequence" with an independent production company on Tuesday and "see how it goes".
Mature as ever, this is how the original hosts responded:
Next week, I'm doing a pilot Radio 2 breakfast show with an independent production company. We'll see how it goes.— Jeremy Clarkson (@JeremyClarkson) June 7, 2015
I'm working on a new TV idea, with an independent production company, called TFI Thursday. We'll see how it goes.— James May (@MrJamesMay) June 7, 2015
Next week I'm doing a pilot of The Two Show on Fridays with an independent production company. We'll see how it goes— Richard Hammond (@RichardHammond) June 7, 2015
Of course there is also the possibility that all four are having us all on together, after Evans retweeted the above messages.
Evans, who presents a breakfast show on BBC Radio 2 and is making a one-off return with TFI Friday this week, has previously ruled himself out of the Top Gear job.
But asked by presenter Tim Lovejoy on Channel 4's Sunday Brunch whether he had started to present Top Gear yet, Evans said: "Not started yet, but we are doing a secret Top Gear film on Tuesday."
Lovejoy replied "It's not so secret now", but Evans went on: "It still will be, because nobody knows where it's going to be but we're going to make one and see how it goes.
"We're making a Top Gear - we're doing a Top Gear sequence with an independent production company and we're going to see how it goes."
Things you never knew about Top Gear
Things you never knew about Top Gear
1/14 Top Gear isn't really for adults
It's 'aimed at people with a mental age of nine', according to executive producer Andy Wilman.
2/14 Planet Earth loves it...
Top Gear is screened in more than 100 countries worldwide and has millions of fans.
3/14 ...but not all motoring hacks do
You might think Jezza was a hero of the motoring hack world but that's not strictly accurate. Telegraph journalist Neil Lyndon summed Top Gear's 21st birthday last year up well: 'Does that mean Billy Bunter and his gang finally get forced out of the Fourth Remove and into long trousers?'
4/14 The Top Gear theme tune is a classic rock song
Seven-minute instrumental 'Jessica' by The Allman Brothers was a hit in 1973. Top Gear has recorded its own version now but used part of the original recording at first. One for the road trip playlist.
5/14 Jeremy Clarkson couldn't get much more controversial if he tried
The presenter is currently suspended from the BBC following a 'fracas' with a producer over a steak dinner. Past scandals include a string of racism allegations.
6/14 This Porsche caused all sorts of trouble in Argentina
The Top Gear team were forced to flee Argentina after locals took offence at the car's number plate - believing it was a deliberately provocative reference to the Falklands War of 1982.
7/14 If it's car-buying advice you want, look elsewhere
It's an in-joke in Top Gear that they don't do car tests. You would be mad to make a purchases based on Jezza's verdict.
8/14 Richard Hammond had a near-death experience filming Top Gear
The 'Hamster' was filming a Top Gear segment in a dragster called Vampire when its front-right tyre burst at 288mph. Hammond spent two weeks in a coma but luckily went on to make a full recovery. He requested that no mention of the crash was made in future Top Gear episodes.
9/14 Jeremy Clarkson is more than a little bit taller than Richard Hammond
Nine inches, to be precise.
10/14 Top Gear used to offer real advice
Before these lads took over, it was a real car-reviewing show with presenters such as Angela Rippon, who gave practical reviews of down-to-earth workhorses such as Cavaliers or Mini Metros.
11/14 Those 'reasonably priced' cars take quite a battering
Denis Chick, of Vauxhall, is brave to have lent the show a fleet of his Astras. He said: "Vauxhall Astra sales would not improve if everyone drove like Jimmy Carr around the Dunsfold track." The comedian hilariously took his test car's front off-side tyre clean off its rim.
12/14 Jeremy Clarkson is a YouTube star
Stray down the motoring internet hole and you'll find lovingly posted videos of 'Clarkson the early years' with incredibly loud hair reviewing 1990s cars in an oddly sensible manner. Very disturbing viewing.
13/14 There have been multiple Stigs
Racing driver Perry McCarthy was stuntsman The Stig on the first two series of Top Gear - here's the man under that famous helmet.
14/14 Ben Collins was The Stig for eight years
Ben Collins was The Stig on Top Gear for eight years. He left amid a clash with the BBC when he unmasked his identity and published an autobiography. Collins thinks Top Gear has 'lost some of its sparkle'.
The future of the motoring series was thrown into the air earlier this year when Clarkson was suspended after assaulting producer Oisin Tymon over hot food in a hotel.
It is still unclear what will happen to the show after it was reported that co-presenters Richard Hammond and May have been offered deals in the region of £1 million a year to stay for another series.
The trio's contracts ran out earlier this year and it remains in doubt whether Hammond and May will go back on previous statements suggesting they would not host Top Gear with an "awks surrogate Jeremy".
When contacted about Evans' comments the BBC said they will not be commenting on "speculation".Reuse content