- What will happen to the unshown episodes?
- Will it continue?
- Who would present it?
- What will Jeremy do next?
- What will Richard & James do next?
- Why am I asking these questions?
But let's not get ahead of ourselves.
What will happen to the unshown episodes?
They will be shown - or the already-filmed bits will anyway.
Will it continue?
Who would present it?
Well, now isn't that the interesting bit? This would hinge on whether we were just replacing Jeremy or replacing all three presenters. (I'm not including The Stig in this because he has been replaced at least twice and nobody really cared.)
If it was a straight-swap for Jeremy - middle-aged grumpy white bloke - then I would give the job without question to Jason Plato - I love hearing his quotes when something has gone wrong for him in the BTCC.
Today, however, James has been speaking to The Guardian and basically ruled himself out of appearing in Top Gear without Jeremy. This would probably mean that Richard would do the same.
So we need three new presenters. Channel controller Kim Shillinglaw has the job of finding these presenters - and she may be inclined to go along the female route.
My dream team in this case would be Sabine Schmitz, Jodie Kidd & Vicki Butler-Henderson.
Looks like former presenter Angela Rippon has thrown her name into the ring (not to be confused with "The 'Ring" which is where Sabine Schmitz made her name) - I can remember Angie as a Top Gear presenter but that was when it was a sensible car show.
Sue Perkins is another name linked with the job - in fact the bookmakers had her down as favourite - I don't know why - she has shown no interest in cars whatsoever as far as I know. Sue then became the victim of all sorts of threats from various morons unhappy about the idea - I concur wholeheartedly with James' response.
I hope Kim will be casting these roles to people who do actually have an interest in cars, though. In fact, I hope Andy Wilmin, the show's producer, has the final say.
What will Jeremy do next?
Another car show.
What will Richard & James do next?
Another car show - possibly with Jeremy. They will probably also still be contracted to the BBC for their other projects (Total Wipeout, Manlab etc.) even though their Top Gear contracts have expired. This could prevent them doing "Clarkson, May & Hammond" on Sky TV - for a while at least. James sees the door still open for a return of the three of them with Top Gear on the BBC in the future - I don't see any legal reasons why not but I just don't envisage it.
They could remake Last of The Summer Wine though.
A lot has happened since these youngish men...
The Guardian had the scoop interview with James today.
They also had this suggestion which I like a lot. A heck of a lot. Click on it. Think regeneration Doctor Who style.