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May admitted he considered staying with the corporation but there were “noises all around” that deterred him.
Amid the uncertainty of whether “they wanted us to stay”, he concluded that the stars had a responsibility to the fans.
The petrolhead said: “I quickly realised the best outcome for us was to stay together because that’s what our fans want.”
James May lifted the lid on his relationship with Jeremy Clarkson and Richard Hammond
James May, Richard Hammond and Jeremy Clarkson have been presenting together for 18 years
Reflecting on the trio’s departure from the BBC, May admitted it “wasn’t a glorious moment” and it left him “a bit p***ed off”.
He claimed the “main problem” was that it “made my life more complicated”.
One of the difficulties was that May had just ordered a Ferrari 458 Speciale, a limited-edition sports car worth more than £200,000.
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But since their move, May has been considerably less tightlipped about the dynamics of the group.
He claimed it was “the sitcom element” to the trio relationship that made Top Gear, and later The Grand Tour, such a hit.
At its peak, the BBC show was watched by more than 8.4 million people when Formula One star Lewis Hamilton appeared on the programme.
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They included Friends’ actor Matt LeBlanc, radio DJ Chris Evans and motoring star Eddie Jordan.
The current line-up, which has seen a return in viewing figures, features Andrew Flintoff, Paddy McGuinness and Chris Harris.
Lord Tony Hall, the former Director General of the BBC, admitted it had been a hard decision to let the Top Gear team leave.
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Meanwhile, Clarkson, Hammond and May have continued to be much-loved fixtures on Amazon Prime.
Despite their success, which has left May worth a staggering £29million, he admitted that he didn’t like his TV colleagues.
He felt frustrated over how his career changed from being a serious and respected “car journalist” to a star of the small screen.
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The star felt bitter about them being “turned into figures of ridicule” through the TV shows that made them famous.
He claimed the change from serious journalists to TV funsters was solely “to keep the viewers happy”, which he felt was a “fair deal, I suppose”.
May revealed the trio “hated each other” and that was “the magic formula” behind their success.
James May is estimated to be worth around £29million following his TV career and other outlets
When asked if they “socialised off-screen”, May replied: “We try not to. That’s a no.”
The star compared their animosity in front of the camera to a “camped-up pantomime” but insisted their “differences” were “real”.
He added: “We’re not really meant to be together but that’s why it works.”
In a 2016 Telegraph interview, he went further to state they were “not mates” and branded Hammond “just as much as a t*** as he always was”.
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In another admission, he described how the trio played “ridiculous caricatures” of themselves for TV.
May claimed they appeared “quite Brexit-y, quite UKIP-y” because they would “laugh at foreigners” during their shows.
However, he claimed the biggest joke was against the British public.
May said: “If you watch carefully the country we mock most is Britain because we despair of it slightly.”
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