Jeremy Clarkson blames 'The X Factor' for the lack of new 'Top Gear' episodes.

The presenter is furious that the BBC have decided not to screen the motoring programme - which he co-hosts with James May and Richard Hammond - throughout the autumn and thinks it is because it will be trounced in the ratings by Simon Cowell's ITV talent show.

He tweeted: "There's a rumour in internet land that there will be no more 'Top Gears' this year. I'm afraid that apart from an Xmas special, it's true.

"Would love to be back in the Autumn, but Sunday nights then will be full of fat people singing.

"The good news is that the longer we have to make the films, the better they will be.

"We will be back in January.

"Top Gear is a medium sized van. Cowell is a juggernaut. When he has finished his singing competition, our new series will start."

Despite Jeremy's comments, the show's executive producer Andy Wilman insisted the programme will be back eventually, but admitted he is unhappy that the next series has been delayed.

He told the Daily Mirror newspaper: "Jeremy has done a tweet and people think we are off air - it is b*****ks. I wanted to go earlier, but the BBC wanted to go January and February. Sunday nights have changed, now it's a bun fight.

"So I lost that argument. We are starting to make a new series in a couple of months. The plan is always two a year. We will get on in January and then get one out for the summer. No one's putting their feet up yet."

Andy also revealed there are plans to work on individual spin-off shows with the three presenters.