Jeremy Clarkson pulls out of Have I Got News For You appearance following BBC sacking

Clarkson was recently sacked by the BBC

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Former Top Gear presenter Jeremy Clarkson has pulled out of his planned hosting slot on Have I Got News for You.

Clarkson was due to record his appearance on the broadcaster’s satirical panel show on Thursady 23 April, in time for it to be broadcast the following day.  

Jimmy Mulville, managing director of Hat Trick Productions which makes the show, said: “On reflection, Jeremy Clarkson has decided not to host Have I Got News For You. We fully expect him to resume his hosting duties later in the year.” The appearance would have been his first since the BBC sacked him from Top Gear last month, after a ‘fracas’ where he punched producer Oisin Tymon over the food served at the end of a day’s filming.

After the BBC did not renew Clarkson’s contract, director general Tony Hall said “a line has been crossed” by the present, and “there cannot be one rule for one and one rule for another”.


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However, although his Top Gear contract was not renewed, Clarkson has not been banned from appearing on the BBC altogether.

Despite being cut from Top Gear, Clarkson will appear on stage with his former colleagues, Richard Hammond and James May, to fulfil a series of shows planned before he left the BBC.

But the shows will not feature any BBC branding and the content will be billed as Clarkson, Hammond and May Live.

That means the shows, which will take in venues in Australia, Norway, South Africa and the UK, will not be able to use clips from the show or feature The Stig.

Additional reporting by PA