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Saturday 10 December 2016

Jeremy Clarkson to link up with man tipped to take Top Gear job

Jeremy Clarkson
Jeremy Clarkson

Former Top Gear host Jeremy Clarkson is making his TV comeback alongside the man tipped to take his job - Chris Evans.

Clarkson's appearance on the anniversary special of TFI Friday will be the first time fans have seen him on TV since he was dropped from the hit motoring show for assaulting a colleague.

Evans sparked an online frenzy at the weekend when he revealed he was making a "secret Top Gear film", but sources close to the show said the pair were in fact filming for the one-off episode of Evans' programme which was a staple of Channel 4's schedule in the 1990s.

Friday's show is a live special with guests including Evans's old sidekicks Danny Baker and Will Macdonald.

Evans has since returned to radio and his breakfast show on BBC Radio 2 is the most popular in Britain, pulling in almost 10 million listeners.

Top Gear's future was thrown into the air earlier this year when Clarkson was suspended after assaulting Irish producer Oisin Tymon.

It is still unclear what will happen to the show after it was reported co-presenters Richard Hammond and James May had been offered deals in the region of £1m (€1.36m) a year to stay with the BBC. That deal is said to be part of a plan to include a different guest host on each show rather than directly replacing Clarkson.

All three men's contracts ran out earlier this year and the BBC refused to renew Clarkson's after his attack.

Andy Wilman, Top Gear's former executive producer, has left the show sparking rumours he was joining up with all three men to make an alternative programme.

Pat stacey previews TFI Friday - Page 31

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