Hammond and May could return to Top Gear
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Richard Hammond and James May are set to continue Top Gear without Jeremy Clarkson, it was claimed today.
It had been thought the trio would all leave the BBC after Clarkson was dropped by the corporation for his now-infamous 'fracas' with a producer.
But a report today stated May and Hammond are considering continuing the motoring show alongside a weekly 'guest presenter
The pair, who were both spotted entering the BBC headquarters in West London six weeks ago, have each been offered £1million-a-year deals to stay on in their posts, according the Independent's Matthew Norman.
If true, the programme's format would mirror that of panel show Have I Got News For You, which brought in weekly guest hosts after Angus Deayton left in 2002.
Today's report claimed that, despite comments suggesting they will leave with their friend Clarkson, neither Hammond nor May has yet resigned.
Hammond has also appeared to dispel any such move, tweeting: 'Not about to quit my mates.'
But with no firm plans yet announced, the future of the show and its world-famous presenters continues to be the topic of speculation.
Richard Hammond, 45, was seen chatting with executive Producer of Top Gear Andy Wilman, 52, before they and friends boarded pedallos in Hyde Park yesterday.
Former model Jodie Kidd was, earlier this year, made the bookies favourite to take Clarkson's place after she was seen drinking with the 55-year-old, who was sacked for punching producer Oisin Tymon in a row over a hot dinner after filming.
Self-confessed petrol-head Chris Evans was also seen as a natural replacement for Clarkson but has repeatedly ruled himself out.
In an interview with Evans last month, Clarkson said he was 'very sad' to leave Top Gear and he has 'absolutely no idea' what the future will hold in terms of his next broadcasting role.
Today's report comes less than a week after the BBC Trust ruled a controversial number plate on a car during filming in Argentina which appeared to refer to the Falklands conflict was not used deliberately.
When asked about today's report, a BBC spokesman said that the corporation 'does not comment on speculation'.