James May won't do Top Gear without his pal Jeremy Clarkson
Top Gear's James May has ruled out returning to the show without Jeremy Clarkson.
In an interview with MediaGuardian he said: "Me and 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 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."
According to the MediaGuardian, May went on to say: "It would be a bloody tough call to do Top Gear without Jeremy, that would be a bit of a daft idea.
"I don't think you could carry on with two people and put someone in as the new Jeremy because they are not going to be the new Jeremy.
Meanwhile, the executive producer of Top Gear has quit the motoring show.
The BBC last night confirmed Andy Wilman, a life-long friend of Clarkson, had left the long-running series.