Top Gear has lost a second presenter this week after James May confirmed that he would not be returning to the show without Jeremy Clarkson, the Daily Star reports.
May said that the prospect of continuing the series with another presenter would be “lame” and that the BBC would be stupid to recreate the show with somebody else leading the charge.
However, he also added that he would not be turning his back on working with the BBC again and that he Clarkson and Richard Hammond could team up again at some point in the future.
“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,” the 52-year-old said.
“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 deb 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.”
May’s decision to step away from the show has left the BBC at a loss of what to do, as they continue to ponder whether to revamp the popular motor series with a whole new presenting team.
Both his and Hammond’s contracts expired last month.