James May on his Top Gear future: 'The three of us are a package'

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Top Gear's James May says the sacking of co-presenter Jeremy Clarkson was 'a tragedy' and wouldn't comment on his future on the show apart from saying: 'The three of us are very much a package'.

James told the BBC: "It's a tragedy. I'm sorry that what ought to have been a small incident, sorted out easily, turned into something big. I don't want to say any more than that, I've only found in the last few minutes and if you'll excuse me I have to write an eBay listing for my Ferrari."

The BBC announced today it wasn't renewing Clarkson's contract after he 'crossed a line' in his physical and verbal attack on Top Gear producer Oisin Tymon.

Asked if the decision was fair, May said: "It's probably within the law and [the BBC's] hands were tied."

In a statement via his agent, May added: "James was disappointed to hear that the BBC will not be renewing Jeremy’s contract, however understands that it will have been a difficult deliberation all round and respects the decision.

"As to the future of Top Gear, it existed before its current format and will no doubt continue to do so. James’s involvement in that future requires much thought, deliberation and conversation between many people, and at this moment further speculation on that is not useful."

Patrick McLennan

Patrick McLennan is a London-based journalist and documentary maker who has worked as a writer, sub-editor, digital editor and TV producer in the UK and New Zealand. His CV includes spells as a news producer at the BBC and TVNZ, as well as web editor for Time Inc UK. He has produced TV news and entertainment features on personalities as diverse as Nick Cave, Tom Hardy, Clive James, Jodie Marsh and Kevin Bacon and he co-produced and directed The Ponds, which has screened in UK cinemas, BBC Four and is currently available on Netflix. 

An entertainment writer with a diverse taste in TV and film, he lists Seinfeld, The Sopranos, The Chase, The Thick of It and Detectorists among his favourite shows, but steers well clear of most sci-fi.