The plot thickens.
As the BBC looks to tighten its net over a dream Top Gear line up to replace Jeremy Clarkson, James May and Richard Hammond, the discarded trio are making moves of their own.
The Mirror has word that the former motoring show presenters have engaged in a "secret rendezvous" with ITV channel director Peter Fincham. So covert was the meeting that the troupe managed to get themselves photographed visiting his home in West London along with the shower's former executive producer Andy Wilman.
ITV had previously stated they had no interest in negotiating with Clarkson, shifting its position once both May and Hammond announced their departure from the BBC. ITV entertainment boss Elaine Bedell was also reported to have attended the meeting at Fincham's home, reducing the chances that the ITV director had invited the group over for a game of charades and a few glasses of bubbles.
Several groups are said to be courting Clarkson and co., with Sky, Netflix and Amazon all apparently interested in employing the talents of the politically incorrect rogues. Earlier this week on 5 May, Clarkson stirred up a great deal of speculation when he tweeted an image from an apparent track filming day, accompanied by a Chevrolet Corvette, film crew, judging panel and a hunched figure not unlike Richard Hammond.
So, will Clarkson, Hammond and May sign for ITV? Is it the best platform to host their chaotic antics? And will they still be talking about cars, or could they take a new direction, with a cookery show? Watch this space.