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Top Gear to have all-new team as Richard Hammond rules himself out

23 hours ago | The Guardian - TV News | See recent The Guardian - TV News news »

Presenter joins James May in confirming he will not return to show after Jeremy Clarkson’s departure

Richard Hammond has joined James May in confirming he will not be returning to BBC2’s Top Gear following the axing of Jeremy Clarkson and the departure of its executive producer, Andy Wilman.

It will mean the BBC2 show will have an entirely new presenting team and senior backroom staff when it returns in a new incarnation next year.

To be clear amidst all this talk of us 'quitting' or not: there's nothing for me to 'quit'. Not about to quit my mates anyway.

Related: Top Gear producer Andy Wilman resigns from the BBC

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- John Plunkett

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Has Richard Hammond quit Top Gear? "Not about to quit my mates"

23 hours ago | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - TV news news »

Richard Hammond has addressed rumours that he has quit Top Gear... sort of.

The co-host of the BBC Two motoring show denied that he has officially quit, as there wasn't anything to quit in the first place.

To be clear amidst all this talk of us 'quitting' or not: there's nothing for me to 'quit'. Not about to quit my mates anyway.

Richard Hammond (@RichardHammond) April 24, 2015

Hammond is seemingly referring to the fact that his Top Gear contract recently expired along with James May and Jeremy Clarkson's.

While Clarkson has been axed from the show, James May has effectively ruled himself out of returning, saying the idea of himself and Hammond without Clarkson on Top Gear is "lame".

The Hamster's comment about not leaving his "mates" behind implies that he would also not return to a new version of the show without Clarkson and May.

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Richard Hammond is 'not about to quit' his mates

23 hours ago | Virgin Media - TV | See recent Virgin Media - TV news »

Richard Hammond has cast the future of 'Top Gear' into more doubt after saying he's not going to ''quit his mates''. The petrol head has taken to Twitter to make a cryptic post about his future on the programme following the firing of his friend Jeremy Clarkson from the BBC motoring series. In the wake of the news executive producer Andy Wilman has resigned, Hammond told his followers there's ''nothing'' for him to quit. His tweet read: ''To be clear amidst all this talk of us 'quitting' or not: there's nothing for me to 'quit'. Not about to quit my mates anyway »

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Have I Got News for You: Ian Hislop wheels out the Jeremy Clarkson jokes

23 hours ago | The Guardian - TV News | See recent The Guardian - TV News news »

Team captains can’t help but have a dig at the former Top Gear presenter when The Stig is mentioned during recording of the show

Jeremy Clarkson’s absence from this week’s episode of Have I Got News for You was not mentioned at the recording of the show on Thursday night, Monkey hears. But he did feature in the last round when a picture caption of what looked like The Stig and some car drivers prompted team captain Ian Hislop to come back with the riposte that the caption should include something about punching and Paul Merton joked it should be about Clarkson inventing a time machine to go back and see if there was a time when “he wasn’t a twit”. Whether or not the quips make it through the comedy cut to screen remains to be seen.

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- Monkey

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Meanwhile... Top Gear trio Clarkson, May and Hammond spotted together

24 April 2015 5:03 AM, PDT | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - TV news news »

Top Gear fans around the world have been pondering what their three heroes' next move will be, and we might be closer to an answer.

Jeremy Clarkson, Richard Hammond and James May have been spotted leaving Clarkson's London home today (April 24), and were not at all bothered by the amount of camera crews waiting for them.

The trio appeared to be in good spirits after the supposed 'secret' meet-up, which is thought to be their first since Clarkson was axed from the show after a fracas with a producer.

The meeting occurred a day after James May effectively ruled himself out of coming back to Top Gear, saying it would be "lame" without Clarkson.

Richard Hammond is yet to confirm whether he would be coming back to the BBC Two series, while executive producer Andy Wilman has left the show.

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Ex-Top Gear producer: Jeremy Clarkson’s departure a tragedy

24 April 2015 4:49 AM, PDT | The Guardian - TV News | See recent The Guardian - TV News news »

Andy Wilman calls former presenter an ‘editorial genius’ amid speculation presenting trio with James May and Richard Hammond will move to Netflix

Former Top Gear producer Andy Wilman has criticised BBC “meddling” in the show and described Jeremy Clarkson’s axing by the corporation as a “tragedy”.

Wilman, who quit the BBC in the wake of Clarkson’s departure, fuelling speculation that the pair will reunite on a rival broadcaster, described Clarkson as an “editorial genius”.

Related: Top Gear producer Andy Wilman resigns from the BBC

Related: Top Gear: James May rules out returning without Jeremy Clarkson

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- John Plunkett

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Surprise, surprise, Piers Morgan still wants a fight with Jeremy Clarkson

24 April 2015 4:35 AM, PDT | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - TV news news »

Piers Morgan has spoken about his old foe Jeremy Clarkson once again.

it looks like the journalist hasn't given up on trying to coax Clarkson into a boxing duel, as he bizarrely suggested last year.

The journalist told the story of his punch-up with the former Top Gear presenter during an appearance on ITV's new gameshow Play To The Whistle.

Clarkson and Morgan fell out over a decade ago, after Morgan published photos of Clarkson with a woman who wasn't his wife.

Explaining what happened when they clashed in 2004, he said: "It was actually three punches, and he scarred me permanently above my temple. The good news is that he broke his little finger hitting my head because it's that hard. When we meet, we compare war wounds."

When he was asked why they came to blows, Morgan simply replied: "It's a long story."

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Top Gear attracts 3.6m BBC iPlayer requests following Jeremy Clarkson axe

24 April 2015 4:02 AM, PDT | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - TV news news »

It looks like Top Gear fans have been turning to BBC iPlayer to get their fix following Jeremy Clarkson's exit from the show.

Clarkson's final two episodes attracted an impressive 3.6 million requests on the catch-up service in March.

Jeremy Clarkson axed: What does this mean for Top Gear?

The motoring series was pulled from BBC Two's schedule after Clarkson was involved in a 'fracas' with producer Oisin Tymon. The BBC later confirmed that they wouldn't be renewing his contract.

The decision not to air Clarkson's remaining Top Gear episodes didn't go down well with fans, and a petition calling for his immediate reinstatement had attracted over a million signatures prior to the BBC's decision to drop him.

However, it was recently announced that Clarkson's remaining episodes will air later in the year.

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Top Gear’s final two episodes featuring Jeremy Clarkson prove a hit on iPlayer

24 April 2015 3:34 AM, PDT | The Guardian - TV News | See recent The Guardian - TV News news »

BBC2’s last programmes showing Clarkson together with James May and Richard Hammond streamed or downloaded 3.6m times in March

The final two episodes of Top Gear to air with the presenting trio of Jeremy Clarkson, James May and Richard Hammond proved to be the most popular programmes viewed on the BBC’s iPlayer last month.

The BBC’s decision to suspend, and subsequently drop, Clarkson following his fracas with Top Gear producer Oisin Tymon has made the latest series of the BBC2 motoring show something of a must-watch on the catch-up TV service.

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- Mark Sweney

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Top Gear's executive producer resigns

24 April 2015 2:15 AM, PDT | Virgin Media - TV | See recent Virgin Media - TV news »

'Top Gear' boss Andy Wilman has resigned. The 52-year-old executive producer has quit the show after his close friend, presenter Jeremy Clarkson, was axed from the series last month following a fracas with producer Oisin Tymon. It was first reported Andy was planning to quit the show in March after an email he sent to staff recalling fond memories of his time on the programme was made public, although he denied the rumour at the time. In the message he wrote: ''We had a lot of laughs, we had a lot of tiffs. We went to amazing places and we went to some »

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W1A review: ‘nibbling, not biting, satire’

23 April 2015 11:00 PM, PDT | The Guardian - TV News | See recent The Guardian - TV News news »

The problem with W1A is that reality is funnier than spoof – just look at Jeremy Clarkson. And the annoying language really is annoying

Over to New Broadcasting House and W1A (BBC2) where it’s a new day and Head of Values Ian Fletcher (Hugh Bonneville) is chairing an important meeting (obviously) of the Way Ahead taskforce. It’s about the forthcoming visit of Prince Charles, which takes on extra significance in the context of impending royal charter renewal. Also on the agenda: the possibility of the BBC losing Wimbledon, to rival broadcaster Sk…beep. Which is why Head of Brand Siobhan Sharpe (Jessica Hynes) is there, to say “so here’s the thing with this”, “it’s a no-brainer”, “Ok cool” etc and then to go away to play mash-up tennis with her team at Perfect Curve.

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- Sam Wollaston

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W1A premiere review: BBC's self-flagellating satire finally hits its stride

23 April 2015 2:01 PM, PDT | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - TV news news »

When held up to the heady heights of its BAFTA-winning spiritual predecessor Twenty Twelve, the first series of W1A fell short on occasions.

But with a new series opener in which a high-level management power struggle starts simmering alongside the usual japes, hi-jinks and gaffes at Broadcasting House, the BBC's self-flagellating satire is at last hitting its stride.

Hugh Bonneville's still the star of the show as Ian Fletcher, keeping a sharp focus on charter renewal as his contemporaries in the Way Ahead Task Force fall over themselves (almost literally at one point) to get one over on their professional rivals. There's whispers of a new senior post at stake, and everyone seems to have their eye on it.

Following his fall from grace at the end of the last series after a newspaper sting exposing both his handsome salary and close relationship with his former Olympic Deliverance Commission Pa Sally, »

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Another major Top Gear departure: Executive producer Andy Wilman resigns

23 April 2015 12:06 PM, PDT | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - TV news news »

Top Gear has lost another big creative force, with executive producer Andy Wilman resigning from the show.

The BBC has confirmed Wilman's exit, but would not say whether the decision was related to the recent sacking of Jeremy Clarkson.

Wilman and Clarkson had known each other since school, and the pair had significant roles in the show's 2002 relaunch and subsequent worldwide success.

Last month, a leaked email from the producer was interpreted by many as a resignation statement, but he denied that it was meant in that way.

Wilman added at the time: "If I were to resign, I wouldn't do it publicly, I'd do it old school by handing in my, er, notice to someone upstairs in Hr. I work behind the camera and I wouldn't presume for one moment to think people are interested in what I do. Now, everyone back to work."

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James May: Top Gear without Clarkson wouldn't work

23 April 2015 9:15 AM, PDT | Virgin Media - TV | See recent Virgin Media - TV news »

James May says 'Top Gear' without Jeremy Clarkson just ''wouldn't work''. The 52-year-old star thinks it's ''virtually impossible'' for someone to do a good job of replacing his former co-host, who was fired from the BBC show following a fracas with producer Oisin Tymon last month. James - who also starred on 'Top Gear' with Richard Hammond - told the MediaGuardian: ''Me and (Richard) Hammond with a surrogate Jeremy is a non-starter, it just wouldn't work ... it has to be the three of us. I don't think you could carry on with two people and put someone in as the new »

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‘Top Gear’ Co-host, Producer Quit BBC Motoring Show

23 April 2015 7:02 AM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

Update: London — Andy Wilman, the exec producer of BBC’s “Top Gear,” has left the program, according to BBC News.

The news comes hours after James May, one of the three presenters of the motoring show, said he won’t return to the program without sacked co-host Jeremy Clarkson. The BBC would not confirm if Wilman’s departure was also related to Clarkson’s exit, although the two were old friends.

There had been speculation that the British broadcaster would replace Clarkson while retaining his co-hosts, May and Richard Hammond. But May told the Guardian: “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.”

He added: “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 »

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‘Top Gear’ Co-Host James May Will Not Return to Show Without Jeremy Clarkson

23 April 2015 6:48 AM, PDT | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

Top Gear” co-host James May has ruled out returning to the popular British motoring show without Jeremy Clarkson. “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,” May said in an interview with The Guardian. May, however, did not rule out the possibility that the original hosting line up could return one day. See Photos: 11 TV Shows Canceled by Controversy -- From 'Honey Boo Boo' to 'Politically Incorrect' “In the future when all this has blown over there might be an opportunity for three of us to. »

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Stephen Mangan steps in for Jeremy Clarkson on Have I Got News For You

23 April 2015 5:24 AM, PDT | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - TV news news »

Have I Got News For You has found a replacement for Jeremy Clarkson as guest host on the show.

Stephen Mangan has stepped in to replace the former Top Gear presenter, who was due to host the BBC One news quiz before his high-profile fracas with a producer.

Clarkson's fans were left disappointed after he pulled out of the show, which was to be his first major television slot since being dismissed from Top Gear.

Episodes star Mangan will host the long-running political panel show for the fourth time when he takes the hot seat in the coming weeks, The Guardian reports.

There is still hope for Clarkson to host Have I Got News For You in the future, as executive producer Richard Wilson recently explained that he will return "when he's ready".

Meanwhile, James May has ruled out any chances of returning to Top Gear without Clarkson, saying »

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Have I Got News for You: Jeremy Clarkson replaced by Stephen Mangan

23 April 2015 4:09 AM, PDT | The Guardian - TV News | See recent The Guardian - TV News news »

Former Top Gear presenter dropped out of BBC comedy quiz a fortnight ago – but may be back later in the year

Episodes actor Stephen Mangan is the replacement for Jeremy Clarkson on Friday night’s episode of hit BBC1 quiz Have I Got News for You, Monkey hears. No word yet on whether Mangan, who has hosted the show before, or regulars Ian Hislop and Paul Merton will make any reference to Clarkson’s absence after he pulled out of fronting the show two weeks ago following his departure from Top Gear. The caterers in the show’s green room must be relieved.

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James May won't return to Top Gear without Jeremy Clarkson

23 April 2015 2:51 AM, PDT | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - TV news news »

Bad news for Top Gear fans hoping for James May's return - he's suggested he won't be coming back to the BBC show.

The presenter has told The Guardian that he has no plans to continue working on Top Gear without Jeremy Clarkson, who was axed by the BBC after a 'fracas' with producer Oisin Tymon.

May said that he and Hammond appearing alongside a "surrogate Jeremy" would be "forced" and "lame".

"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," he explained.

"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."

However, May offered fans a glimmer of hope for the future by adding: "It »

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Top Gear: James May rules out returning without Jeremy Clarkson

23 April 2015 1:20 AM, PDT | The Guardian - TV News | See recent The Guardian - TV News news »

Presenter says the idea of Richard Hammond and himself hosting the BBC show with a ‘surrogate Jeremy’ would be ‘lame’

Top Gear presenter James May has ruled out returning to the BBC show without Jeremy Clarkson, saying it would be “lame” to do it with a “surrogate Jeremy”.

May said the idea that he would return alongside fellow co-host Richard Hammond with a new presenter in place of Clarkson, who was axed from the show after a fracas with a producer, was a “non-starter”.

Related: BBC to air unseen Top Gear material featuring Jeremy Clarkson

Related: Jeremy Clarkson dropped by BBC after damning report into attack on producer

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- John Plunkett

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