Jeremy Clarkson apparently REJECTED an offer to return to Top Gear
The BBC tried to get him back but here's why he couldn't
After an irresponsible “unprovoked physical and verbal attack”, Jeremy Clarkson found himself without a job at the BBC and without a role on Top Gear. But apparently the BBC wanted him back but he refused. Here's why...
Chris Evans took Jeremy's place at Top Gear in 2015. Following this news, Clarkson wrote in the Sunday Times saying: "I hope Chris enjoys running what, for the next couple of weeks, is the world’s biggest car show." This was at the same time as The Grand Tour was starting to take shape.
This alone was a dig at Chris Evans as it isn't easy to fill the boots of a man in his prime such as Clarkson. But later he claimed that the BBC tried to get him back after the altercation he had with a colleague which resulted in him being sacked.
He said in an interview, "I had a meeting with a BBC executive last week and they asked if I’d come back to Top Gear. Too much has gone on."
"After I’d been compared to Jimmy Savile by someone from the BBC and it was splashed all over a Sunday newspaper, how could I go back? “The spotlight would have been on me and the show would end up being neutered. It would be difficult to do anything without interference. It would have been impossible to make the show I’d want to make." he added.
However, the BBC denied ever asking him to come back and that was that. Now Top Gear is hosted by Chris Harris. Paddy McGuinness and Freddie Flintoff who are doing a mighty fine job. Clarkson, Hammond and May are smashing The Grand Tour and having more fun than ever doing so, so everyone wins.