Jeremy Clarkson: I will miss hosting Top Gear

The presenter speaks for the first time since being dropped from the BBC show

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Jeremy Clarkson has written about how much he’ll miss appearing Top Gear in his first comments since being dropped by the BBC show.

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The presenter thanked fans in his column for The Sun newspaper for their support, after his “unprovoked physical and verbal attack” on producer Oisin Tymon resulted in the BBC dropping him from Top Gear.

Clarkson said in the piece, “Heartfelt thanks to all those who have written to say how much they will miss me on Top Gear.

“It’s not as much, however, as I’ll miss being there.”

His brief comments are the first time he has spoken about the show since BBC director-general Tony Hall announced on 25 March they would not be renewing his contract. 

Hall said “a line had been crossed”, and that Clarkson’s actions meant the BBC would have to try to continue Top Gear without him. 

The BBC’s commercial arm BBC Worldwide said that a planned tour with Clarkson, Richard Hammond and James May would go ahead, but that there would be no Top Gear branding.

Clarkson was also set to appear as host of BBC panel show Have I Got News For You, but pulled out of the appearance. 

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Jimmy Mulville, boss of the show’s production company Hat Trick, said, “We fully expect him to resume his hosting duties later in the year.”