This is all from the live feed on The Guardian. Just copy/pasted it.

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Speaking outside his home in west London, Top Gear presenter James May described his colleague's departure as a "tragedy".

He said:

Well apparently they have shot him. I've only found this out by prising the information out of various BBC sources, nobody has actually told me officially until a few moments ago when they emailed.

I don't really have anything to say about it. It's a tragedy. I'm sorry that what ought to have been a small incident sorted out easily has turned into something big... I have only known for the past few minutes and if you excuse me I have to write the eBay listing for my Ferrari.

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Asked if he thought the decision was fair, May said it was "probably within the law and their hands were tied".

On his own future, May said:

Erm, well I don't want to talk about that too much but I think we are very much the three of us as a package. It works for very complicated reasons that a lot of people don't fully understand. So that will require a lot of careful thought ...Much as I think he's a knob I quite like working with Jeremy.