The popular presenter's contract was not renewed following a "fracas" with a producer over hot food in a hotel last March and Chris Evans was recently announced as the hit motoring show's new host.
Clarkson described the last episode as "cobbled together from two films made before I was fired" in his Sun newspaper column last week before attacking the BBC for "talking it down" in a tweet sent yesterday afternoon. Hammond backed him up while May was more interested in the AC/DC gig he was attending.
@JeremyClarkson oh, is it on? Always liked that.— Richard Hammond (@RichardHammond) June 28, 2015
For those of you not at the AC/DC gig, and not about to rock, Top Gear is on. #AintNoisePollution— James May (@MrJamesMay) June 28, 2015
The final instalment before Evans takes over was a 75-minute special that at one point saw Clarkson declare "I hate working on Top Gear" while stuck in a muddy river.
The trio were tasked with racing across farmlands in a bid to reach a black tie event at Broughton Hall, where the last person to arrive would have to give a speech.
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'.
Clarkson was present in video footage but missing from the studio where Hammond and May hosted without the usual live audience. The "elephant in the room" was addressed using a 10ft plastic replica elephant aptly named...Jeremy.
Other highlights included Hammond being strapped to the top of an aeroplane after winning the classic car challenge and a quiz in a pub with some of the show's producers.
Following the show, which received a mixed reaction on social media, Clarkson, Hammond and May all tweeted to thank fans for their support, with Clarkson apologising for how it ended.
Many many thanks for all your support and encouragement over the years. So sad and sorry it's ended like this— Jeremy Clarkson (@JeremyClarkson) June 28, 2015
Can't believe that one life has room to accommodate the first and the last steps of that incredible adventure. Thanks for your company.— Richard Hammond (@RichardHammond) June 28, 2015
Thanks for all your kind comments about Top Gear last night. To be honest, I was expecting more shit about that jacket.— James May (@MrJamesMay) June 29, 2015
Evans is currently auditioning for hosts to join him on the new Top Gear line-up while the axed presenters are expected to re-appear on a rival broadcaster or possibly streaming service Netflix.
Clarkson wrote in his column that he "won't miss making a car show because other broadcasters are available so I don't have to stop doing that".
Reports suggest that the trio may have signed a deal with ITV to go head-to-head with Evans' Top Gear in the same 8pm Sunday night slot but this is only speculation at this stage.Reuse content