Clarkson,Hammond and May shows sell out in South Africa
While the future of the BBC's £40-million hit show Top Gear is in doubt, Jeremy Clarkson, James May and Richard Hammond are in South Africa.
The trio are in Johannesburg for a series of shows over two days featuring many of the elements which made the Top Gear show so popular across the world, but without any of the branding.
The sell-out show will not feature Top Gear favourite, The Stig, but they do have a masked man who looks not too dissimilar from the show's racing driver.
It is understood the BBC is desperate to retain James May and Richard Hammond and have even considered having a 'rotating' main presenter, similar to the situation in Have I Got News For You.
But Hammond and May are believed to be considering joining Clarkson in a new car show, possibly broadcast online by Netflix.
It is also understood that Britain's ITV are very interested in signing up the trio for a new car show.
However, a source close to the South African show said: 'We absolutely love the fans in South Africa and we’re thrilled to be returning to Johannesburg for the first time in four years.
James May, Jeremy Clarkson and Richard Hammond.
'Jeremy, Richard, James and the entire production team have always had a great time in South Africa and truly believe it has the best fans in the world.
'We’re looking forward to putting on an incredible show, featuring all the things people know and love from the presenters, as well as the spectacular action sequences the production has become famous for.'
Richard Hammond and James May are set to snub a new £4 million BBC deal to return to Top Gear and rejoin their fellow co-star Jerermy Clarkson on US subscription channel Netflix.
Hammond and May have said they are unwilling to return to the hit BBC 2 show without their long-time co-star Clarkson and have told friends they are willing to switch networks.
The trio fronted the BBC's most lucrative money-spinning TV show which was worth an estimated £40 million from overseas sales and merchandising.