BBC director general Tony Hall has denied any knowledge of claims that Jeremy Clarkson was secretly offered a return as Top Gear host.
Clarkson was sacked earlier this year after he punched producer Oisin Tymon in a row over a steak dinner.
But he told the Sun he met an unnamed BBC executive days before Chris Evans was announced as the new host.
Lord Hall told Andrew Marr: "I have no idea what that's all about. "Sadly, and I say sadly, because I think Jeremy Clarkson is an extraordinary talent, I announced we were parting company some months ago. I am thrilled Chris Evans has got the job."
Sacked Top Gear presenter Jeremy Clarkson has dropped the biggest hint yet that he might be developing a car show to rival his old employer.
Writing in The Sun, Clarkson admitted that he missed the BBC, but said "I won't miss making a car show".
He added: "Because other broadcasters are available so I don't have to stop doing that. See you on the flipside."
Clarkson, who left the BBC after punching a producer in a row over a meal, has long been rumoured to be in talks with various other broadcasters - including ITV - but until now hasn't spoken out himself.
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Jeremy Clarkson has written about how much he will miss hosting Top Gear and thanked fans for their support after he was sacked from the popular motoring show following a 'fracas' with a producer.
The presenter has not spoken publicly about being axed by the BBC, other than to say that "everybody's upset", but in his column in the Sun newspaper today, Clarkson briefly mentioned the incident.
Heartfelt thanks to all those who have written to say how much they will miss me on Top Gear. It's not as much, however, as I'll miss being there.
Former Top Gear host Jeremy Clarkson appeared at a charity event close to his Cotswolds home this evening.
The presenter, released by the BBC after he was involved in a 'fracas' with a producer, stepped out to fulfil another long-running role as auctioneer at an annual fundraiser for Chipping Norton Lido.
He chatted to fans outside the town hall venue after arriving in a sleek sports car, before heading inside to lead proceedings to raise money for the charity-run pool.
As he walked in he joked to photographers: "You've got to earn a living. Maybe I ought to take it up."
Tonight's event was an "auction of promises" fundraising for the pool, of which Clarkson has been a long-term supporter. According to its website the lots include Top Gear t-shirts signed by Clarkson, a bottle of House of Commons whisky signed by local MP David Cameron and a week's holiday in France.
Former Top Gear host Jeremy Clarkson has pulled out of his planned appearance as a host on BBC satirical show 'Have I Got News For You'.
The presenter was due to appear later this month, which would have been his first BBC appearance since the corporation sacked him, after he was involved in a 'fracas' with a producer.
Clarkson had been due to record his appearance on the show on April 23rd to be broadcast on April 24th.
Jimmy Mulville, managing director of Hat Trick Productions which makes the satirical show, said: "On reflection, Jeremy Clarkson has decided not to host Have I Got News For You. We fully expect him to resume his hosting duties later in the year."
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Jeremy Clarkson will face no further police action over his attack on a Top Gear producer at a hotel, North Yorkshire Police said today.
Top Gear producer Oisin Tymon had his lip split in a 30-second-long assault on March 4 and took himself to hospital with his injuries.
Clarkson reported the incident to the BBC five days later and was suspended by the broadcaster on March 10 before it announced his contract would not be renewed.
North Yorkshire Police released this statement about its decision not to pursue any further action over the attack:
North Yorkshire Police has now completed its routine inquiries following the incident at Hawes involving Mr Jeremy Clarkson, and we will not be pursuing this matter any further.
North Yorkshire Police takes a thorough and victim-led approach to all investigations.
Last week, the person at the centre of the incident, Mr Tymon, said that he did not wish the police to take action on his behalf.
However, at that point we still needed to speak to some members of the public who were present at the time of the incident, who had been affected by the event, and whose views also needed to be considered.
Now that all the interviews are complete, we have properly established that there is no need for further police action.
The star received widespread public support - including from his friend, Prime Minister David Cameron - in the aftermath of the "fracas" while one million people signed a petition calling for the BBC to reinstate him.
But director-general Tony Hall said "a line has been crossed" and that "there cannot be one rule for one and one rule for another".