Saturday 20 January 2018

May rules out 'Top Gear' return without Clarkson

Top Gear presenter James May
Top Gear presenter James May

Victoria Ward in London

Andy Wilman, the executive producer of 'Top Gear' and friend of Jeremy Clarkson, has resigned from the BBC.

Wilman, who is credited with revamping 'Top Gear' to its current success, has told BBC executives he will no longer be working on the programme.

Meanwhile, James May has ruled out returning to the show without Jeremy Clarkson, saying that it would not work with a "surrogate" in his place. May said it would be "lame" for himself and fellow co-host Richard Hammond to appear on the show with a new presenter, describing the very concept as a "daft idea". But he did not rule out all three presenters one day returning to the show. "Me and Hammond with a surrogate Jeremy is a non-starter, it just wouldn't work," he said. "That would be lame, or 'awks' as young people say." "It has to be the three of us. You can't just put a surrogate Jeremy in and expect it to carry on. It would be forced. I don't believe they would be stupid enough to try that. It doesn't mean I won't go back, we may all go back in the future. It might just be we have a break from it. I don't know."

The BBC ended Clarkson's contract after he hit producer Oisín Tymon in a row. Director-general Tony Hall said "a line had been crossed" and that "there cannot be one rule for one and one rule for another". Clarkson has since said he wants to star in another "car show". (© Daily Telegraph, London)

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