The disgraced presenter said he was sad to leave the show, which he called his “baby”, but said he had not yet entered into negotiations with other broadcasters to host another motoring programme.
He also confirmed that Top Gear fans will get a chance to see the final three episodes of the last series, which were cut following his on-set ‘fracas’.
Speaking about leaving the show, he told Chris Evans’ BBC2 Breakfast Show: “It was my own silly fault but I can hardly complain."
He said: “I was at the BBC for 27 years and did Top Gear for 12 and it was very much my baby and I worked all through the night on it, and then suddenly you’re not asked to do that anymore and then you do feel there is a big hole that needs to be filled [in your life]."
He added that he would “never complain” about the BBC, and said he was equally sad to leave the corporation as he was to leave Top Gear.
“There are some dreadful people there but there are some really talented people in it and I will never complain about it…I could go back remember, I wasn’t sacked,” he said.
Things you never knew about Top Gear
Things you never knew about Top Gear
1/14 Top Gear isn't really for adults
It's 'aimed at people with a mental age of nine', according to executive producer Andy Wilman.
2/14 Planet Earth loves it...
Top Gear is screened in more than 100 countries worldwide and has millions of fans.
3/14 ...but not all motoring hacks do
You might think Jezza was a hero of the motoring hack world but that's not strictly accurate. Telegraph journalist Neil Lyndon summed Top Gear's 21st birthday last year up well: 'Does that mean Billy Bunter and his gang finally get forced out of the Fourth Remove and into long trousers?'
4/14 The Top Gear theme tune is a classic rock song
Seven-minute instrumental 'Jessica' by The Allman Brothers was a hit in 1973. Top Gear has recorded its own version now but used part of the original recording at first. One for the road trip playlist.
5/14 Jeremy Clarkson couldn't get much more controversial if he tried
The presenter is currently suspended from the BBC following a 'fracas' with a producer over a steak dinner. Past scandals include a string of racism allegations.
6/14 This Porsche caused all sorts of trouble in Argentina
The Top Gear team were forced to flee Argentina after locals took offence at the car's number plate - believing it was a deliberately provocative reference to the Falklands War of 1982.
7/14 If it's car-buying advice you want, look elsewhere
It's an in-joke in Top Gear that they don't do car tests. You would be mad to make a purchases based on Jezza's verdict.
8/14 Richard Hammond had a near-death experience filming Top Gear
The 'Hamster' was filming a Top Gear segment in a dragster called Vampire when its front-right tyre burst at 288mph. Hammond spent two weeks in a coma but luckily went on to make a full recovery. He requested that no mention of the crash was made in future Top Gear episodes.
9/14 Jeremy Clarkson is more than a little bit taller than Richard Hammond
Nine inches, to be precise.
10/14 Top Gear used to offer real advice
Before these lads took over, it was a real car-reviewing show with presenters such as Angela Rippon, who gave practical reviews of down-to-earth workhorses such as Cavaliers or Mini Metros.
11/14 Those 'reasonably priced' cars take quite a battering
Denis Chick, of Vauxhall, is brave to have lent the show a fleet of his Astras. He said: "Vauxhall Astra sales would not improve if everyone drove like Jimmy Carr around the Dunsfold track." The comedian hilariously took his test car's front off-side tyre clean off its rim.
12/14 Jeremy Clarkson is a YouTube star
Stray down the motoring internet hole and you'll find lovingly posted videos of 'Clarkson the early years' with incredibly loud hair reviewing 1990s cars in an oddly sensible manner. Very disturbing viewing.
13/14 There have been multiple Stigs
Racing driver Perry McCarthy was stuntsman The Stig on the first two series of Top Gear - here's the man under that famous helmet.
14/14 Ben Collins was The Stig for eight years
Ben Collins was The Stig on Top Gear for eight years. He left amid a clash with the BBC when he unmasked his identity and published an autobiography. Collins thinks Top Gear has 'lost some of its sparkle'.
The presenter joked that he, Richard Hammond and James May were set to do a new show about flower arranging, before denying he had been in talks with other broadcasters.
“I have been listening [to broadcasters] on the telephone or video conference, I haven’t had a single meeting.”
He said he had only “listened” to US broadcasters about doing a programme, but had not entered into a discussion with them.
“I’ve been at the BBC for 27 years and when you emerge you realise the world has changed and you’ve got to understand how the world works. But in the meantime I’m just getting really good at tennis,” he said.
Clarkson told Top Gear fans not to hold their breath about the three final episodes from the latest series that have yet to be shown on TV, saying “to be honest, they weren’t the strongest films we’ve ever done”.
He said the episodes were currently being edited, and would be shown on the BBC in the near future.
“If you’ve paid for the licence fee you will have a right to see them. There will be one last hurrah.”