It was claimed earlier this week that the BBC were willing to give both presenters a hefty pay rise, in a bid to keep them with ‘Top Gear’, following Jeremy’s sacking from the show back in March.
However, new reports have now suggested that both Richard and James are staying loyal to Jeremy, and will turn down the impressive offer, in favour of a brand new venture.
Jeremy Clarkson, James May and Richard Hammond
"They’ve always said they come as a team and that hasn’t changed.”
Earlier this year, both James and Richard claimed they had no plans to return to ‘Top Gear’ without Jeremy, with rumours circulating they’re about to sign a deal for a new show with Netflix.
"It would be groundbreaking and also incredible lucrative. They would stand to earn much, much more than they would with the BBC."
Two new episodes of ‘Top Gear’ - compiled of footage of Jeremy recorded before his departure, as well as new links from Richard and James, thought to have been filmed in secret - will reportedly air ‘within weeks’, giving fans of the BBC motoring series one last glimpse of the presenting trio at the helm of the show.