James May: Top Gear’s Cenotaph stunt was “possibly a little unwise, ill-advised”

The former Top Gear host has his say on criticism over host Matt LeBlanc and rally driver Ken Block doing stunts near the London War Memorial


James May has said that the Top Gear Cenotaph stunt, in which Matt LeBlanc and rally driver Ken Block drove around near the London War Memorial, was “probably a little bit ill-judged”.


The former Top Gear presenter, who will be back alongside his colleagues Jeremy Clarkson and Richard Hammond in a new Amazon Prime motoring show, told The Guardian that the wheel-spinning stunt was “unwise.”

“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,” said May.

“It was possibly a little unwise, ill-advised.”


New host Chris Evans apologised “unreservedly” when the images of the scene were revealed, with the BBC confirming it would not show the Cenotaph on screen when broadcasting the stunt.