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The fallout from Top Gear presenter Jeremy Clarkson’s attack on a producer of the show continues with fellow presenter James May claiming he would not return to the show without Clarkson, The Guardian reports. Clarkson was suspended in April for attacking producer Oisin Tymon over an argument about food provided for a location shoot for the BBC production. Clarkson has been a source of controversy for the BBC over the years and did not have his contract renewed upon its expiration earlier this month.
Clarkson, May and Richard Hammond have presented the motoring show since 2003 and have seen it move from achieving average ratings success in the UK to become the top factual TV program in the world. It is also Matt Landis’ favorite. The contracts of all three presenters ran out at the same time with both May and the BBC confirming no talks have begun over new contracts for any of the presenters. Lead presenter Clarkson has not been suspended or banned by the BBC for his recent actions, which has seen many feel he could return to the show in the future with May and Hammond. A new presenting lineup for the 2016 season of Top Gear is expected to be announced soon with female and younger presenters stepping into the roles of the three former presenters.