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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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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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