Jeremy Clarkson to host BBC's Have I Got News For You despite Top Gear exit

The controversial presenter is booked to make a guest appearance next month

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Jeremy Clarkson is booked to guest host Have I Got News For You next month, despite having been suspended from Top Gear following a "fracas" with producer Oisin Tymon.

The controversial presenter is due on the BBC1 satirical panel show for the third episode of its new run in April, series boss  Jimmy Mulville confirmed earlier.

Mulville, manager director of producer Hat Trick, will be meeting with the BBC to discuss whether or not the current investigation into Clarkson will prevent him from fronting Have I Got News For You with team captains Ian Hislop and Paul Merton. "As far as I'm concerned he is hosting Have I Got News For You, the BBC has not told me what to do yet and it will be an interesting conversation," he said at a Broadcasting Press Guild breakfast, according to Radio Times.

"He is due to present the third episode which I think is in early May. Maybe we will get the producer on so he can hit Jeremy Clarkson live on television."


Mulville refused to comment on the much-talked about incident but praised Clarkson as a "fantastic broadcaster".

"I don't think the BBC know that he is due to be on," he said. "It would be great. Have I Got News For You tries to have a bit of mischief so we will see if he can come on."

Clarkson has appeared on Have I Got News For You a dozen times since Angus Deayton left in 2002. He famously threw a pen at Hislop during a 2008 episode, leaving him with a cut on his face.

"We had to stop recording," said Hislop. "He refused to believe it was blood. He said it was red biro and then apologised to me afterwards."

It remains unknown when a decision will be reached by the BBC regarding Clarkson's future with the broadcaster but he is believed to be "considering leaving anyway".

Prime Minister David Cameron and BBC director general Tony Hall are among those to publicly share their support for the 54-year-old.

The BBC is yet to respond to a request for comment on whether Clarkson's Have I Got News For You appearance will be going ahead should his suspension still be in force.