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Top Gear host to present satirical show

BBC has got news for Clarkson: he’s back on the telly

Jeremy ClarksonJeremy Clarkson has been allowed to present the BBC satirical programme Have I Got News For You despite being sacked from his Top Gear show.

The BBC decided not to renew his contract with the popular motoring series following an altercation with producer Oisin Tymon who required hospital treatment. Mr Clarkson was suspended but Mr Tymon decided not to press charges and the police said it would not take any further action.

More than a million fans of Top Gear signed a petition demanding the BBC reinstate Mr Clarkson who also received backing from Prime Minister David Cameron.

But director-general Tony Hall felt the presenter had crossed a line.

Mr Clarkson will record his appearance on Have I Got News For You next month. The BBC said his contract for Top Gear had been cancelled but he is not banned from appearing on the BBC.

The future of the Top Gear’s other two presenters – Richard Hammond and James May – is unclear. Both men’s Top Gear contracts have run out. All three will appear together in live shows, though they will not feature any BBC branding.

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