He’s baaccck. Well, sort of. Former Top Gear TV host Jeremy Clarkson will be returning at least briefly to the BBC airwaves soon. However, it won’t be to host Top Gear again, but to appear on another show called Have I Got News For You on April 24.
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The BBC gave Clarkson the boot from the insanely popular automotive show last month, following an investigation into a ‘fracas’ Clarkson had with a Top Gear producer over food of all things. An investigation found Clarkson had been verbally and physically abusive so he was axed from the show.
In making a return to another BBC show, the network is making it clear it has nothing to do with Top Gear. In a statement the BBC Network explained, “Jeremy’s contract has not been renewed on Top Gear but he isn’t banned from appearing on the BBC.”
Clarkson, in fact, has appeared on Have I Got News For You several times in the past. The show enlists a panel of invited guests to make humorous observations about current events and politics. Clarkson has hosted there several times and managed to cause trouble there, too. According to BBC News, while on the show in 2008, he threw a pen at a guest which cut the person’s face.
So Clarkson’s return to the show, particularly now, should be interesting to say the least.
Meanwhile, it’s been determined that Clarkson will not face criminal charges in the ‘fracas’ that lead to his firing. Police had considered the possibility, but the producer involved, Oisin Tymon, decided not to press charges, saying in a statement that he hoped “all parties should now be allowed to move on, so far as possible.”
As for what else could be next for the former Top Gear star, he will continue plans to tour in a live show with his former co-hosts James May and Richard Hammond, although the name Top Gear will be dropped from the show’s title. Clarkson is also rumored to be talking about coming to the U.S. and doing something with Netflix, which could also include May and Hammond.
Meanwhile, back in the Top Gear camp producers are trying to move forward with quite a hole to fill, not to mention the contracts for May and Hammond are up. In terms of Clarkson’s replacement, it’s looking like the BBC will go with a woman. Two names currently being thrown out are Great British Bake Off presenter Sue Perkins along with model Jodie Kidd.
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