BBC producers and programme writers today threw in the towel over the issue of what to do next with James May.
'We've hit a total brick wall with fresh ideas of what to do with James' explained show producer Sam Barnet 'apart from strictly come dancing he's just about done every show the BBC has produced over the last five years and the worrying thing is he's got another three years on his contract here and he could potentially have nothing to do for that time'.
Since the end of May's last show the mans lab the 47 year old presenter has been sent out on gardening leave until the next series of Top Gear begins next year but having had a seemingly endless run of May orientated TV over the last six years it will come as quite a shock for viewers to turn on the tele to see the screen as a Mayless free zone.
'We're not used to having this problem' commented Director General Mark Thompson 'usually most of our established acts such as Jonathan Ross implode on some air time gaff leading to their ultimate dismissal but with May and his laid back middle aged boys with their toys approach to TV then there is little chance of that happening'.
Thompson was quick to deny reports that the Beeb were planning a sinister end for May by getting him to introduce the one show. It was thought that his career would die a horrible death in the same vain as Adrian Chiles and Jason Manford who have both fronted the show but this plan was axed after it was thought that as May has survived working with Jeremy Clarkson and Richard Hammond for a greater part of his career then he could survive anything that bad taste TV could throw at him.