Sources close to BBC are saying James May and Richard Hammond are about to leave Top Gear after Jeremy Clarkson was fired yesterday.

Shortly after BBC made the big announcement, James May said the trio "came as a package" while Richard Hammond described the current situation as "the end of an era". Now, sources close to the matter are saying both of them will refuse to renew their contracts with the BBC which will come to an end next month. It is believed that Top Gear executive producer Andy Wilman is not willing to continue doing the show without main star Jeremy Clarkson.

BBC's creative director Alan Yentob expressed last night his desire for the show to continue with James May and Richard Hammond. All three of them were previously offered a new three-year deal before the "fracas scandal", but the renewal was halted pending an investigation by the BBC.

It is not known at this point whether the three remaining episodes of series 22 will ever be aired since May and Hammond have refused to film the studio parts without Clarkson. However, a report from last week indicated the episodes will be eventually aired.

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