“Me and Hammond with a surrogate Jeremy is a non-starter, it just wouldn’t work,” May told The Guardian. “It has to be the three of us.”
He expects to continue working on other projects for the BBC, but just not Top Gear in the immediate future. The presenter suggests all three original hosts could return in the future after a hiatus.
“In the future when all this has blown over there might be an opportunity for three of us to get back together on the BBC to do Top Gear or a car show of some sort,” he added.
Clarkson earlier this week promised to do another car show, and rumors have pointed to Netflix as a potential partner. The presenters could be limited by non-compete clauses, however, potentially blocking immediate production of a Top Gear-style show on other networks.
May leaves open the possibility of returning to Top Gear if Clarkson follows the same path, as the BBC has not actually fire anyone, but rather merely declined to renew his contract.
“It’s a subtle difference but an important one,” he said.