James May talks about the end of Top Gear – Click above to watch video after the jump

Reports of the demise of Top Gear have been greatly exaggerated. So says James May, in response to a bit of kerfuffle in he may have caused when speaking at a recent fashion event. Per the Daily Telegraph, May stated that Top Gear only has a short shelf life. More media outlets jumped on the quip, and reports began to fly anew about the end of the globally popular television series (this isn't the first time rumors like this have surfaced).

James May was asked about the quote on Absolute Radio, where he clarified his statement. What he actually said was that BBC program wouldn't last forever with Jeremy Clarkson, Richard Hammond and himself at the helm. That's true, seeing as the three hosts aren't robots and have yet to discover a fountain of youth.

We plan on enjoying the world's best motoring show for years to come, and you can enjoy May's radio interview in the clip posted after the jump.


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      Scr
      • 3 Years Ago
      James May...the bloke you'd most like to have a pint with.
      noodlz
      • 3 Years Ago
      Won't be the same without them.
      FRED
      • 3 Years Ago
      No matter who they get... Alll three complement each other and it would be has good... Just like ever other top gear around the world that try can never beat the original..
      dukeisduke
      • 3 Years Ago
      Netflix has started streaming all the modern Top Gear shows, all the way through Season 15, and I was watching Season 1, Episode 1 the other night, where James and his Bentley T2 are introduced. He's definitely aged in the last eight years.
      Philip M'Rear
      • 3 Years Ago
      James May is my favorite of the three, but they are all fantastic and the way they play off each other is rare. The writers have been slacking a bit the past couple years, but the show is still one of the best around.
      Jake S
      • 3 Years Ago
      In all honesty, the show has become so formulaic, that it died in the 7th or 8th season. What we're watching now is Zombie Top Gear. We sit on the couch, mouths open, flies in our hair. A supercar go around a boring wet track, arguments ensue over some useless auto-related news, an idiot that nobody outside the UK knows drives around in a Kia, and then finally a challenge, usually involving a trio of cheap cars that get driven into the ground. You might as well watch the same episode of Seinfeld for the 5,000th time.
        BrandonDrums
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Jake S
        I agree and disagree. It's a car show, they do things with cars which cars themselves formulaic. The show hasn't become formulaic more than it was when it first came out, in fact It's probably less formulaic now then the first 3 or 4 seasons. However, it's boring to watch entire segments dedicated to them buying and driving around in used, irrelevant cars unless it's a special where they explore some fascinating part of the world. I'll always want to see car reviews from these guys. I could care less about them making a mini-van into a convertible though.
      Rodrigo Alvergue
      • 3 Years Ago
      They are the BEST, no other car show can top them, they make me crack up every time I watch them, i love this show !!!!!!!!!!!!
      theharpyeagle
      • 3 Years Ago
      Three blokes with very different personalities, sharing the same focus. It's like the three musketeers - if one gets knocked off, it's not the three musketeers any more. Just like Mythbusters is not Mythbusters without Jamie and Adam.
      Chris Davidson
      • 3 Years Ago
      Well Jeremy is 51, Richard is 41 & James is 48, so there is some time to get there replacement, until then I can't wait for season 17 to start.
        Rodrigo Alvergue
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Chris Davidson
        oh wow , they are young, i hope they go on forever, that is very young, and I am 38, to be they are very young !!!
      PeterP
      • 3 Years Ago
      Obvious replacement is Tom Ford aka wookie? He could bring soe of the real review spirit from 5th gear as well. What with the Tiff as the stig, 5th becomes TG. James is often my fave member of the team though. Get rid of the hamster, really annoying and doesn't seem to gel with the other presenters at all, especially since the dragster.
      Dan
      • 3 Years Ago
      The transition will be much easier if they don't all retire at once, but the show will of course go on. Motorweek's going on its 30th year now, and this version of Top Gear hasn't even been going for 10.
        Hazdaz
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Dan
        Motorweek is a whole different ball of wax though. Its like comparing NBC Nightly News with some sitcom. Motoweek is actual a "news" show about cars. TG isn't about cars. Its about 3 blokes doing stupid things and constantly ribbing on each other. That's why TG is funny as hell, while Motorweek is rather bland. You can only come up with sooo many sketches and ideas before a scripted show like TG eventually gets stale. The news though never gets old. Every day new stuff happens, even if you just focus on the automotive world, like Motorweek does.
      • 3 Years Ago
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