Former Top Gear presenters Jeremy Clarkson, Richard Hammond and James May have reportedly been joking about what to call their next motoring series.
The trio are believed to have come up with the “genius” idea of naming it House of Cars after the hit Netflix political drama, House of Cards, a “pal” told The Mirror.
Clarkson’s contract with the BBC was not renewed after a “fracas” over the lack of hot food in a hotel left producer Oisin Tymon in A&E. BBC director general Tony Hall decided that “a line had been crossed” and “there cannot be one rule for one and one rule for another”.
Hammond, May and executive producer Andy Wilman announced that they would not be returning to Top Gear with a “surrogate Jeremy”, despite the BBC wanting to continue the show.
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'.
It remains unknown what the ex-hosts’ next steps will be, with fresh deals with ITV or streaming service Netflix among the rumoured possibilities.
It is thought that ITV could pose issues regarding potential conflicts of interest with advertisers, while fans would need to pay £5.99 per month for a Netflix subscription.
One thing’s for sure, the Top Gear title is a no-go, with their upcoming live tour having to be rebranded Clarkson, Hammond and May Live after “fracas”-gate. The series of shows kicks off in Belfast on 22 May before heading to London in November.
Those of you still mourning the lack of Top Gear in your Sunday evenings, BBC2 boss Kim Shillinglaw has hinted that final scenes featuring Clarkson could air as early as this summer. The current series was brought to a sudden close before the last three scheduled episodes were broadcast.
The car series is viewed in 170 territories and generates an estimated £50 million a year for the BBC. Shillinglaw has said she will be strongly considering female contenders for Top Gear, but is not thinking of Clarkson’s replacement “in terms of gender”.
Jodie Kidd, Philip Glenister and Guy Martin are the current “dream team” tipped to present Top Gear next, but the BBC has declined to comment on speculation.Reuse content