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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 'excited' to be taking over Top Gear

Chris Evans has told journalists he is "very excited" to be taking over as presenter of the BBC's Top Gear motoring programme.

Speaking from his car outside New Broadcasting House in central London, the broadcaster said he was excited to be taking on the role, but there was no shortlist for his co-presenters.

"It's a very long list." Mr Evans said.

Evans also told Radio 5 Live's Nicky Campbell that he could "100% confirm" he would have a female co-star "but not for the sake of it".

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