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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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Clarkson and gang lead applause for Chris Evans

A 2006 file photo of broadcaster Chris Evans. Credit: PA

Newly-appointed Top Gear presenter Chris Evans is meeting with show bosses today to get to work - as he revealed Jeremy Clarkson was among the first to congratulate him on getting the job.

Evans told his listeners on his BBC Radio 2 show he was only offered the job last Thursday afternoon when presenters Richard Hammond and James May finally ruled themselves out of returning to the programme.

He said he immediately texted the three presenters, Clarkson, May and Hammond, to tell them he had been offered the job and accepted it, and they lined up to congratulate him.

Evans told his listeners Clarkson said "I knew you would and best of luck" while he revealed he also got Hammond's seal of approval.

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