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BBC boss denies Clarkson was offered Top Gear return

Jeremy Clarkson was not offered his job back, it is claimed Credit: Adam Davy / PA Wire

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."

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Jeremy Clarkson drops hints on Top Gear rival show

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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 says he will miss hosting Top Gear

Jeremy Clarkson has written about how much he will miss presenting Top Gear. Credit: Ben Birchall / PA Wire/PA Images

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.

– Jeremy Clarkson

Clarkson appears at charity event in the Cotswolds

Jeremy Clarkson hosted a charity event near his home in the Cotswolds. Credit: Ben Birchall/PA Wire

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.

Clarkson pulls out of hosting 'Have I Got News For You'

Jeremy Clarkson will not be hosting 'Have I Got News For You'. Credit: Daniel Leal-Olivas / PA Wire/PA Images

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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