Clarkson was suspended by the BBC on March 10th after a “fracas” involving one of the show’s producers.
James May and Richard Hammond are said to be refusing to film another episode of ‘Top Gear’ without their currently suspended co-host Jeremy Clarkson. Clarkson has been suspended by the BBC since March 10th and the presenter’s fate is currently being decided pending the result of an internal investigation.
Clarkson is currently suspended from 'Top Gear' and the BBC
According to The Mirror the two presenters have turned down filming any more episodes of the motoring series which would feature mainly recorded segments with some of footage of Hammond and May in the studio.
An unnamed BBC executive told the newspaper, “They didn’t want to do it without Jeremy so the talks didn’t get off the ground. There is a feeling it is all of them of none of them.”
Clarkson’s suspension came after he allegedly punched producer Oisin Tymon during a row over the lack of a hot meal in a Yorkshire hotel where they were staying. The show has been on a hiatus since Clarkson’s suspension, causing the channel to lose millions of viewers as well as receiving thousands of complaints.
The 'Top Gear' team, James May, Richard Hammond and Jeremy Clarkson
A petition to reinstate the presenter has so far received 960,000 signatures. While a rival petition asking the BBC a to replace Clarkson with comedy character Alan Partridge has received over 28,000 signatures.
With the show on hiatus both Hammond and May seem to have a little too much free time on their hands, if the pair’s twitter accounts are anything to go by. Yesterday, May told his followers, “Seriously, if you really are unemployed, good luck to you. It’s not funny in reality.”
While Hammond shared a picture of his dog on Wednesday with the caption, “Not trying to be cryptic, just enjoying a gorgeous morning. Off.”