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BBC boss denies Jeremy Clarkson was offered return to Top Gear

BBC director general Tony Hall has denied any knowledge of claims that Jeremy Clarkson was secretly offered a return as Top Gear host.

Clarkson made claims to the contrary in his Sun column, where he also dropped heavy hints that he might be working with other broadcasters on a new car show.

Chris Evans, meanwhile, has signed a three-year deal to be the new host of Top Gear, the BBC announced recently.

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Chris Evans asks listeners for Top Gear ideas

The TV presenter has signed a three-year deal to become the new host of Top Gear Credit: PA

Listeners to the Chris Evans breakfast show have suggested that the outgoing presenters of Top Gear could start a new 'star in a reasonably priced car' leaderboard when the DJ takes over.

Evans, who was announced as the new Top Gear host yesterday, invited his listeners to call in to give him some tips on what he should do with the show.

Evans said: "If you were in charge of a really well-known successful car programme, what might you do with it in the future? Let's start work here and now, people."

When one listener suggested he invite Clarkson to take part in the popular segment 'star in a reasonably priced car', Evans eagerly agreed.

He added:

That's a good idea. What about all three of them in the reasonably priced car?

They go up against each other and they start a brand new leaderboard.

– Chris Evans

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