Top Gear producer Andy Wilman has quit the show a month after the ‘fracas’ that led to Jeremy Clarkson being sacked from the BBC.
Wilman, an old friend of Clarkson, worked with the star to rejuvenate Top Gear when it was on the brink of being axed in 2002.
The result was an entertainment show watched by millions and sold to 214 territories worldwide.
A leaked email from Wilman following Clarkson’s sacking suggested he was resigning – but the producer later denied that was the case.
In the email, Wilman said: “For those of you who still rely on it for work, don’t worry, because the BBC will make sure the show continues. Our stint as guardians of Top Gear was a good one, but we were only part of the show’s history, not the whole of it. Those two words are bigger than us.”
The producer was reportedly seen plotting with the Top Gear trio yesterday, after James May said the show ‘wouldn’t be the same’ without Clarkson.
May said: “Me and Hammond with a surrogate Jeremy is a non-starter, it has to be three of us.”
It’s been rumoured that the show will return elsewhere – with Netflix thought to be in pole position.
The threesome will be taking part in a live show later this year, renamed ‘Clarkson, Hammond and May Live’.
The BBC has said the show will continue without Clarkson – but it has not be confirmed who will be replacing him.