Presenting trio have also been linked to a possible Netflix deal
Top Gear‘s former presenters Jeremy Clarkson, Richard Hammond and James May are reportedly in talks with ITV.
The presenting trio and Top Gear‘s former executive producer Andy Wilman met ITV’s Director of Television, Peter Fincham, and the channel’s Director of Entertainment and Comedy, Elaine Bedell, at Fincham’s London home on Wednesday evening (May 6), The Guardian reports.
An ITV spokesperson said in response to the report: “We haven’t commented and aren’t planning to comment on the continual Top Gear speculation which is swirling around the television industry.”
After the BBC decided not to renew Clarkson’s Top Gear contract in the wake of his infamous “fracas” with producer Oisin Tymon, both May and Hammond chose not to renew their contracts with the show, and executive producer Wilman stepped down. Clarkson and his Top Gear colleagues have also been linked to a possible Netflix deal and are set to reunite for a series of live shows in the UK and abroad later this year (2015). Following Clarkson’s departure from the BBC motoring programme, the live shows have been retitled ‘Clarkson, Hammond and May Live’ and will not feature any Top Gear clips or branding.
Meanwhile, the BBC is planning to revive Top Gear next year with new presenters. Life On Mars actor Philip Glenister is currently bookies’ favourite to take over from Clarkson, with Dermot O’Leary and Sue Perkins also said to be in contention.