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

Jess Denham
Tuesday 17 March 2015 13:19
This is not the first time Jeremy Clarkson has courted controversy
This is not the first time Jeremy Clarkson has courted controversy

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.

"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.

Register for free to continue reading

Registration is a free and easy way to support our truly independent journalism

By registering, you will also enjoy limited access to Premium articles, exclusive newsletters, commenting, and virtual events with our leading journalists

Already have an account? sign in

By clicking ‘Register’ you confirm that your data has been entered correctly and you have read and agree to our Terms of use, Cookie policy and Privacy notice.

This site is protected by reCAPTCHA and the Google Privacy policy and Terms of service apply.

Join our new commenting forum

Join thought-provoking conversations, follow other Independent readers and see their replies


Thank you for registering

Please refresh the page or navigate to another page on the site to be automatically logged inPlease refresh your browser to be logged in