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.
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Two of the newly out-of-work Top Gear presenters are selling off 12 motorbikes from their collections.
With a combined estimated value of up to £65,600, James May and Richard Hammond look set to recoup some of the losses from the demise of their BBC show when the bikes go under the hammer with Bonhams later this month.
However, they've been quick to deny any link between their employment status and the sale.
“Just because I’m unemployed now doesn’t mean I have to get rid of everything,” said May, who's selling eight cars. “I was going to sell these bikes anyway. And those paintings, and my collection of Scalextric cars. Honest”.
"I also have a canoe, and some Wharfedale hi-fi speakers, if anyone’s interested,” Hammond quipped.
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Top Gear's executive producer Andy Wilman has denied reports that he has quit the hit show in the wake of Jeremy Clarkson's sacking because of his long-term friendship with the presenter.
Yesterday Mr Wilman sent an email to staff on the show congratulating them on making "one of the most iconic programmes in TV history" which was widely reported to be a resignation statement.
Mr Wilman, whose friendship with Clarkson dates back to their school days, said: "The email I wrote yesterday was not a resignation statement, and nor was it meant for public consumption.
"It was a private note of thanks to 113 people who have worked on the show over the years, but clearly one of those 113 is a bit of a tit, because they shared it with a website."
He added: "I don't get this modern obsession with sharing, linking, forwarding, retweeting. Whatever happened to a private moment?
"And if I were to resign, I wouldn't do it publicly. I'd do it old school by handing in my notice, to someone upstairs in HR.
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Jeremy Clarkson could learn the outcome of a investigation into his "fracas" with a producer today, a senior BBC executive has said.
Clarkson was suspended two weeks ago amid claims he aimed a punch at producer Oisin Tymon.
Ben Cooper, Radio 1 controller, told reporters on Monday that a decision was "about 24 hours away", adding that the allegations had to be "dealt with in a very serious way".
Clarkson claimed on Sunday that an expletive-ridden rant at BBC bosses was "all in jest".
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The BBC has said its report into Top Gear host Jeremy Clarkson will be handed over to the director-general next week.
Following last week’s suspension of Jeremy Clarkson, Ken MacQuarrie is now considering the evidence and will report to the Director-General on his findings next week.
Once this has been considered, we will set out any further steps.
The BBC will not be offering further commentary until then.