The last footage Jeremy Clarkson shot for Top Gear before he was suspended and eventually let go from the BBC Two motoring show will air later this year.
According to the BBC, the footage is “incomplete” but is likely to be shown this summer. Kim Shillinglaw, controller of BBC Two and BBC Four, vowed: “No way would I want the available material not to be seen by viewers.”
The BBC announced on March 25 that it would not be renewing Clarkson’s contract following his infamous “fracas” with Top Gear producer Oisin Tymon. The corporation’s internal investigation into the incident, headed by Ken MacQuarrie, the director of BBC Scotland, found that Tymon was “subject to an unprovoked physical and verbal attack” by Clarkson. North Yorkshire Police announced on Tuesday (April 7) that they will not be pressing charges over the incident, which happened at a hotel in the area.
According to bookmakers, Great British Bake Off host Sue Perkins is front-runner to take over from Clarkson on Top Gear, with Dermot O’Leary, Chris Evans and Jodie Kidd also in the running. Asked about Clarkson’s replacement, Shillinglaw said it is currently an “open book” and added: “We’ll definitely look at some women but it’s not a driving priority.”
Meanwhile, Clarkson is due to reunite with his former Top Gear colleagues Richard Hammond and James May for a series of live shows in the UK and abroad later this year (2015). Following Clarkson’s departure from the BBC motoring programme, the live shows have been retitled ‘Clarkson, Hammond and May Live’ and will not feature any Top Gear clips or branding. Hammond and May’s Top Gear contracts expired alongside Clarkson’s and they have yet to confirm whether they will return to the show without him.