Jeremy Clarkson will have to wait a few more days before learning what his future with the BBC and Top Gear will be.
The BBC has disclosed that all the evidence in the hearing regarding his alleged “fracas” with a producer on the show has now been delivered and that the controller of BBC Scotland Ken MacQuarrie will hand his report to director-general Tony Hall next week.
The statement said: “Following last week’s suspension of Jeremy Clarkson, Ken MacQuarrie is now considering the evidence and will report to the Director-General on his findings next week.
“Once this has been considered, we will set out any further steps.
“The BBC will not be offering further commentary until then.”
As RadioTimes.com revealed last week, MacQuarrie has been chosen to chair the disciplinary panel that will assess claims that the Top Gear presenter punched producer Oisin Tymon in a hotel during the filming for the current series of the BBC2 entertainment show.
Sources close to the show told RadioTimes.com that the presenter, who is already on his “final warning” at the BBC, swung a punch after being told there was no hot food available after a day’s filming.
Clarkson is understood to have told friends that he did not punch Tymon, but that there had been some “handbags and pushing” over the incident.
The BBC has already pulled the final episode of the current series of Top Gear from the draft schedules after delays to the disciplinary hearing.
When the allegations concerning Clarkson broke last week the BBC said that two of the last three episodes of the series would be “postponed” before pulling the series finale from its line-up. The last episode was scheduled to air on 29th March.
However Clarkson is currently due to be a guest presenter on long running satirical panel show Have I Got News for You next month.
Hat Trick, the independent producers which makes the programme, today told RadioTimes.com that it believed that the show, scheduled for 24th April, would still go ahead.