BBC will sack Top Gear’s Jeremy Clarkson - reports

JEREMY Clarkson’s Top Gear contract will not be renewed, according to reports.

Jeremy Clarkson's Top Gear career appears to be over. Picture: PA

Tony Hall, the BBC director general, has decided that he has “little alternative” but to sack Clarkson, according to the Guardian.

The fact that Clarkson was given a final warning after a row over his use of the word “n*****”

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Clarkson, who remains suspended, said he has not “heard a thing” about his future, despite widespread reports the BBC is about to sever ties with the presenter.

He has been left in limbo for two weeks since the corporation announced his suspension following what it described as “a fracas” with producer Oisin Tymon.

The Daily Telegraph said the corporation’s director-general, Lord Hall, was expected to announce the star’s sacking today after considering an internal investigation.

According to the broadsheet, the inquiry, led by BBC Scotland boss Ken MacQuarrie, concluded that Clarkson verbally abused Mr Tymon for 20 minutes before launching a 30-second physical assault at a luxury hotel in Yorkshire.

Clarkson told fans on Twitter: “Just to keep everyone up to date, I haven’t heard a thing.”

The Telegraph also said senior BBC executives are attempting to convince Chris Evans to take over his role on Top Gear.

But speaking on his Radio 2 Breakfast Show today, Evans said: “This is not true. Not only is it’s not true - it’s absolute nonsense.”

Evans, who said he hoped Clarkson would not leave Top Gear, added that the prospect of him joining the show was “never going to happen”.