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Hammond and May offered big bucks to return to Top Gear

2015-06-02 21:00

Los Angeles - Richard Hammond and James May have been offered £1m each to return to Top Gear.

BBC bosses have reportedly offered the presenters the huge sum to "keep the Top Gear flame of inspired puerility alive" after Jeremy Clarkson was sacked earlier this year for punching a producer during a row about a steak.

It's also said to have been revealed that Clarkson will be replaced by a number of guest presenters.

An insider told the Independent newspaper: "The masterplan is to reconfigure the show along the lines of the post-Angus Deayton Have I Got News For You, with a different guest hosting each episode.

"They [May and Hammond] must now decide whether to follow their bison-headed Spartacus on to the cross, or soldier bravely. You cannot envy them such a draining internal battle of conscience, and we wish them well with that."

The cryptic message implies that the pair will have to decide whether to remain loyal to their pal Clarkson or to stick with Top Gear.

Although Jeremy was axed from his position, the trio reunited for a revamped Top Gear Live world tour, renamed Clarkson, Hammond and May Live, where it was hinted they were in talks to make a show to rival Top Gear.

Clarkson previously hinted: "We have had a lot of interest from all around the world in our TV programme and who knows what may happen."

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