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Monday 11 December 2017

Jeremy Clarkson's future remains unclear today after reports that the BBC is on the verge of sacking him.

Jeremy Clarkson's future remains unclear today after reports that the BBC is on the verge of sacking him.

The Top Gear presenter 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.

"No decision has been made. When we have an outcome, we will announce it," a BBC spokesman said. But 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 newspaper, 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 Yorkshire hotel.

Senior BBC executives are attempting to convince Radio 2 Breakfast Show host Chris Evans to take over his role on Top Gear, sources said.

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But Evans has previously ruled himself out of the running, saying: "I can categorically say I am not and will never be running for office. Please discount my candidacy."

Dermot O'Leary and Eddie Irvine are among other possible names being talked about.

Clarkson left his London flat in a taxi around 4.40pm yesterday and when asked if he had heard from the BBC, he told reporters: "Nothing. Not a sausage."

The presenter, alongside co-hosts James May and Richard Hammond, was scheduled to take part in four live Top Gear shows in Norway this week, but it was announced on Sunday they had been postponed.

On the same day, Clarkson described his week as "turbulent" and claimed he was joking when he appeared to criticise BBC bosses during a rant at a charity event.

The beleaguered presenter appeared to suggest he may be sacked from the BBC Two show and criticised the corporation's executives. He is reported to be considering new shows, including a programme about a novice trying to run a farm.

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