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Top Gear pair to sign new deals

Left to right: Richard Hammond, Jeremy Clarkson and James May
Richard Hammond, Jeremy Clarkson and James May host the hit show

Top Gear presenters Richard Hammond and James May are expected to sign new contracts that will see them stay on the popular BBC Two motoring show.

"We expect the contracts will be signed in the next few weeks," a spokeswoman for the programme said.

Newspaper stories claimed May or Hammond could quit if they did not get more money, after fellow host Jeremy Clarkson signed a lucrative new deal.

"It is actually all rubbish," May told BBC Five Live in response last month.

"I'm not really sure where it's come from. I think it must be somebody making trouble.

"I've never stormed off about money or contracts or any of that sort of stuff. I'm paid quite well by Top Gear, to be honest. I'm very happy and I'm pretty sure Hammond feels the same."

Top Gear is one of BBC Two's most popular programmes, attracting between five and eight million viewers a week.


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