Top Gear: James May quits, and says he won't return without Jeremy Clarkson

By Drum Digital
23 April 2015

For some motorsport enthusiast the news that James May won’t be returning to Top Gear, unless Jeremy Clarkson is by his side, is not too surprising.

James’ contract ended in March, just a short while after it was revealed Jeremy had punched the show’s producer in the face, allegedly over a steak. Now James (52) says the popular show “just wouldn’t work” without his pal, and has no plans to return.

Insisting it would be “lame” with a new presenter in place of his sacked co-host.

Speaking to the Guardian newspaper James said: “Me and [Richard] Hammond with a surrogate Jeremy is a non-starter, it just wouldn’t work. That would be lame, or ‘awks’ as young people say. It doesn’t mean I won’t go back, we may all go back in the future,” he added. “It might just be we have a break from it. I don’t know.”

Jeremy was fired by the BBC after an ‘unprovoked physical and verbal’ attack in North Yorkshire that left his victim, Top Gear producer Oisin Tymon, in need of hospital treatment.

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