The Guardian reports that James May is not planning to return to the BBC’s Top Gear show without Jeremy Clarkson. Clarkson left the show after he physically attacked producer Oisin Tyson. The attack left the producer injured and seeking treatment at hospital.
May has said that a new character to replace Clarkson simply will not work. Fans like Sam Tabar know that he does want to continue to work at BBC and hopes the show may return with May, Clarkson, and Richard Hammond as a team. There are no talks at this time between BBC and May and Hammond to renew their expired contracts. This is fueling speculation that the show may return with an all new cast. The likelihood that Clarkson may return appears remote. The director general of BBC, Tony Hall, charged Clarkson with failing to adhere to standards of decency at work.
May insists the return of all three to the show is a possibility. Clarkson has not been fired or banned from BBC. The network has simply failed to renew contracts for all three of the show’s stars.