Clarkson’s back on the BBC: Corporation admits Top Gear star returned to record final parts of last episodes weeks after being axed from show
- The presenter was suspended after a ‘fracas’ with a BBC producer in March
- BBC has confirmed he returned to record a voice-over earlier this month
- It was to go with footage previously filmed for Top Gear before he was axed
- Unfinished material from show set to be packaged together and shown in the next few weeks
Jeremy Clarkson has been back to the BBC to help finish the Top Gear series from which he was axed, it has been revealed.
Clarkson, 55, was suspended by Tony Hall, the corporation’s director general, after a ‘fracas’ with BBC producer Oisin Tymon in March.
Hall said at the time: ‘There cannot be one rule for one and one rule for another dictated by either rank, or public relations and commercial considerations.’
But it was confirmed today that Clarkson went back to the BBC earlier this month to record a voice-over to go with footage previously filmed for Top Gear before he was axed.
It is understood the unfinished material, which would have been spread across two episodes, will be packaged together into a one-off special to be shown in the next few weeks.
But, to make it work, Clarkson had to be recalled to provide the commentary.
A BBC spokeswoman confirmed: ‘He has done the voice-over for Top Gear. He came in to the BBC the week before
‘He didn’t get paid to do it. Even though this happened after his contract was not renewed, it falls under his old contract.
‘He is not banned from appearing on the BBC.’
In the special episode, Clarkson and his co-hosts become ‘lifestyle leisure enthusiasts’.
Given a budget of £250 each, the trio buy three used ‘lifestyle’ SUVs – a Vauxhall Frontera, a Jeep Cherokee and a Mitsubishi Shogun – and then embark on a series of challenges.