The revamped BBC Two show came under fire recently for a stunt that involved new presenter Matt LeBlanc and rally driver Ken Block doing “doughnuts” near the memorial in London’s Whitehall.
The stunt sparked outrage after photos showed large tyre circles left on the streets surrounding the war memorial after filming had completed.
“I have driven up and down that road, yes, but no, I don’t do doughnuts – it’s inappropriate wherever you do it in my view,” he told the Guardian.
Commenting on the stunt he added: “It was possibly a little unwise, ill-advised.”
Top Gear pictured filming in Whitehall (MrG/LNP/REX/Shutterstock)
The show’s new host, Chris Evans, apologised on his BBC Radio 2 show saying he “completely understood the furore” surrounding the photographs and that “respectively it was unwise to be anywhere near the Cenotaph”.
He revealed a few details about the format of their as yet unnamed show, notably that they would not be tied to filming in a studio.
He said: “We are not a studio-centred thing any more. We are making a series of TV films and we don’t have a base.
James May (Andrew Hayes Watkins/BBC)
“It is massively expensive what we are doing, for reasons that I hope will become apparent when you see it. We are doing more episodes than we did in the latter days of Top Gear. It is quite intense.”
I’ve finally found a co-presenter I like. pic.twitter.com/XLvtGWJ0A9
— James May (@MrJamesMay) March 15, 2016
The former Top Gear trio’s deal with the American video-on-demand service is reportedly worth millions, but James said figures quoted were inaccurate.
“The figures aren’t right and anyway they don’t give us a great big bag of money and say, ‘Here’s your money, go off and spent it’. They give it to us bits at a time.”
In case there is still any misunderstanding, our new car show is on Amazon. #JusSayin
— James May (@MrJamesMay) March 25, 2016
Jeremy was suspended from the BBC show in March last year following a fracas with producer Oisin Tymon.
In July 2015, it was announced that he, James and Richard had landed their own show on Amazon Prime.