Clarkson Pull’s out of Have I Got News For You
Jeremy Clarkson has cancelled an appearance on the BBC’s satirical news quiz Have I Got News For You.
Former Top Gear host said that he had decided not to present the BBC1 show this month, but may be back later in the year.
The show would have been Clarkson’s first TV appearance since he was dropped by the BBC for punching a colleague in the face. He had been due to host the show on 24 April, less than a month after his Top Gear contract was terminated.
Jimmy Mulville, director of Hat Trick Productions, which makes Have I Got News For You for the BBC, said that Clarkson could return to host the show later in the year.
Mulville said: “On reflection, Jeremy Clarkson has decided not to host Have I Got News For You. We fully expect him to resume his hosting duties later in the year.”
Some commentators had said that the timing of Clarkson’s return was overly hasty. The Daily Mirror that his appearance on the pre-election edition of the news quiz could be “hugely contentious for the Tories”, give his friendship with David Cameron. The prime minister was criticised for publicly backing his friend and neighbour before a BBC inquiry into his actions had been published.
Clarkson lost his on Top Gear when the inquiry concluded that he had subjected Top Gear producer Oisin Tymon to a sustained verbal and physical attack after being told that there was no food available at the end of a day’s shooting.
The new series of Have I Got News For You begins this evening with Daniel Radcliffe as the guest host, the BBC says.