Clarkson to make rapid return to BBC after Top Gear fiasco

Former Top Gear frontman to host political quiz programme

The nation’s most controversial motoring correspondent, Jeremy Clarkson, is returning to British television screens.

Clarkson has been announced as host of satirical current affairs quiz Have I Got News For You, to be broadcast on 24 April.

“Jeremy’s contract has not been renewed on Top Gear but he isn’t banned from appearing on the BBC,” a BBC spokesman said.

Clarkson has previously hosted Have I Got News For You on several occasions.

He was recently suspended from the BBC’s flagship motoring programme after a “fracas” with producer Oisin Tymon, in a hotel in Yorkshire. Clarkson allegedly punched Tymon in the face during a row about a steak.

According to the BBC, Tymon suffered swelling and a split lip as a result of the assault on 4 March and visited a hospital A&E department for his injuries.

It’s not the first time Clarkson has inflicted injury. During a 2008 episode of Have I Got News For You, he threw a pen at Ian Hislop, hitting him directly in the face. The incident left Hislop with a cut on his face.

Top Gear will continue, the BBC has said. The programme is a major source of income for the broadcaster, worth an estimated £50m a year in overseas sales.

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  • As much as I like Clarkson, what message is the BBC sending out !! not only to companies but to their viewers as well," It's all right to punch someone", we will just move you to another program, a bit like Brand and Ross, both just laughing at everyone. He was big enough to do the crime, now do the time, Bye Bye Clarkson and anybody else who thinks they are above the law!!

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