The Telegraph has reported both presenters have declined to sign up to the next series of the motoring show, though they could choose to re-join the broadcaster’s flagship show in the coming months. Both their representatives have yet to comment on the claims.
May has hinted that his days at Top Gear were over last week, stating he often thought about the day the show would come to an end and that he looked forward to getting back to a normal life – before adding that he thought those days had already arrived.
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'.
Hammond tweeted that he was “gutted at such a sad end to an era” when he heard the news of Clarkson’s sacking. “We’re all three idiots in our different ways but it’s been an incredible ride together,” he added.
Both presenters have been back on the social network in the past week expressing their boredom at being “undemployed”. Hammond has been having a stab at sketching his motorbikes while May has been uploading videos of himself playing the recorder while, before informing his followers today that “I have to go away for a few days, but hten I’ll cook the pie. Stand by. #ThatIsAll”.
Ok, now this is where being bored gets you. Not ready for retirement pic.twitter.com/aFq1OpIF58— Richard Hammond (@RichardHammond) March 30, 2015
It has been reported that Jeremy Clarkson, whose contract was not renewed by the BBC following the ‘fracas’ that left producer Oisin Tymon in A&E, could be reunited with his co-presenters for the Top Gear Live shows.
BBC Worldwide was forced to postpone four shows due to be held in Norway last weekend. In order for Clarkson to be present on the world tour it has been suggested that the shows would need to be rebranded or simply billed under another name.
Phil Bowdery, the president of promoter Live Nation, told the Daily Mail “an awful lot of tickets” have already been sold and that he wants to keep faith with customers, but to do the shows there would need to be a new name and “no Stig” as these are properties of the BBC.
A statement on the Top Gear Live said: “We would like to thank our ticket holders and fans for their continued patience.
“We have not cancelled any shows – but we are working through the implications of Jeremy’s contract not being renewed by the BBC.”
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