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Tuesday 6 December 2016

I've no idea what I'll do but I won't be a milkman - Jeremy Clarkson

(Left - right) James May, Richard Hammond and Jeremy Clarkson arrive at the Odyssey Arena, Belfast, ahead of the opening Clarkson, Hammond & May Live show
(Left - right) James May, Richard Hammond and Jeremy Clarkson arrive at the Odyssey Arena, Belfast, ahead of the opening Clarkson, Hammond & May Live show

Former Top Gear host Jeremy Clarkson has insisted he has "absolutely no idea" what his future holds - but he is "not going to be a milkman".

In his first interview since being axed as the show's presenter following his attack on producer Oisin Tymon, Clarkson said he was busier than ever - despite being unemployed.

He told Chris Evans' breakfast show on BBC Radio 2 that getting axed from Top Gear, which he described as "my baby", had left "a big hole" which was "my own silly fault".

Clarkson, Richard Hammond and James May are believed to be negotiating with a streaming service such as Netflix or Amazon. But Clarkson said he had just been "listening" to offers from broadcasters, and added: "I'm just getting really good at tennis."

A cheerful-sounding Clarkson said he was "extremely well" and added: "It's amazing being unemployed. You get busier than if you actually have a job.

"I've been playing tennis - for two hours yesterday - and my forehand is improving immeasurably."

The former host later arrived in Belfast for a live show that has been renamed Clarkson, Hammond and May Live.

He said he was looking forward to "six months clowning around doing live shows" but called it "the most badly-organised world tour in history".

"Somebody needs an atlas, somebody has done it by alphabet . . . I'm going to spend most of the next six months with James, who's extremely smelly, and Richard on an aeroplane," he said.

Clarkson told the show he could work with the BBC again because, although his contract was not renewed, he was "not sacked, remember".

He refused to criticise the BBC, saying: "It's a great organisation."

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