Hammond & May Not Returning to Top Gear

Chris Evans, Piers Morgan and Sue Perkins are amongst the possibilities as potential new Top Gear hosts. © BBC Chris Evans, Piers Morgan and Sue Perkins are amongst the possibilities as potential new Top Gear hosts.

Richard Hammond will not be returning to Top Gear, leaving the BBC with the task of replacing all three presenters.

Hammond is the latest to signal his decision after Jeremy Clarkson's departure from the show followed by executive producer Andy Wilman.

James May has also siad that he will not be returning to the show.

The three Top Gear presenters were at Clarkson's home in west London on Thursday for a meeting with Andy Wilman, where it is thought they discussed their future plans. There has been consistent rumours of a possible deal for the trio with online streaming giant, Netfix, or ITV.

The BBC meanwhile, has said that it plans for Top Gear, in whatever guise that may take, to return to screens in 2016.  There is speculation about who may front the show, with names including Chris Evans, Piers Morgan and Sue Perkins regularly surfacing as potential hosts.