James May rules out working with Jeremy Clarkson and Richard Hammond again

James May doubts that he will present with Jeremy Clarkson and Richard Hammond again credit:Bang Showbiz
James May doubts that he will present with Jeremy Clarkson and Richard Hammond again credit:Bang Showbiz

James May thinks he won’t ever work with Jeremy Clarkson and Richard Hammond again.

The 61-year-old TV star has presented alongside Jeremy, 64, and Richard, 54, from 2003 to 2015 on ‘Top Gear’, and then again on ‘The Grand Tour’ - which has been running since 2016 - though he has now insisted the trio likely won’t appear on the screen together again after their final special for the hit Amazon Prime show airs.

Speaking to Unilad, he said: “I think people would only really like us doing cars, despite what some people say - ‘Oh, I think you should all go off and do cooking or you should all go and do a podcast about nothing.’

“But I don’t think so, I think we should let it lie, what we did.”

This comes after Clarkson revealed he and his ‘The Grand Tour’ co-stars would be leaving the programme because he had run out of ideas for future instalments of the series.

During an interview with The Times newspaper, he said: “I've driven cars higher than anyone else and further north than anyone else. We've done everything you can do with a car. When we had meetings about what to do next, people just threw their arms in the air.”

The ‘Clarkson’s Farm’ presenter added the physical demands of the programme had become too taxing since he became “unfit and fat and old”.

He quipped: “If you're Bear Grylls you go to a hotel – there aren't any hotels in the Sahara desert.”

Jeremy then dismissed James’ previous comment in which he said the trio’s working relationship was “fuelled by mutual loathing.”

He explained: “We've spent more time in each other's company than our families' over the last 25 years so I don't think it would have lasted as long as it did if we'd hated each other as much as James likes to think.”

The trio's former show 'Top Gear' has been put on hold by the BBC after presenter Andrew 'Freddie' Flintoff suffered serious injuries in a crash during filming for the programme in 2022 but Hammond expects to return in some form "one day".

He told The Daily Mail newspaper: “I don't know. I have no doubt ‘Top Gear’ will come back one day. Somebody will pick it up and run with it. It’ll be a different show.”