Jeremy Clarkson Could Return to BBC, According to Network Topper

LONDON — The BBC has not ruled out a return for Jeremy Clarkson, who was sacked as the presenter of hit auto show “Top Gear” yesterday.

Speaking on the BBC’s “Newsnight,” the broadcaster’s creative director Alan Yentob said he could not rule out Clarkson working again for the network at some point.

“Of course I wouldn’t rule that out, but that’s not for now,” he said.

Yentob added that the show’s future was now in the hands of Kim Shillinglaw, the head of BBC Two, the channel on which the show airs, and the show’s exec producer, Andy Wilman.

“The question of what happens next for ‘Top Gear’ is a conversation which must go on between the controller of BBC Two Kim Shillinglaw, between Andy, and the team,” Yentob said.

For Clarkson, his troubles are far from over. The police have started their own investigation into Clarkson’s alleged verbal and physical assault on “Top Gear” producer Oisin Tymon, which led to the presenter’s dismissal.

If this led to a criminal conviction, one consequence would be that his chances of working in the U.S. would be put in doubt. It has been suggested that working in the U.S. is one possible option for Clarkson, who has a personal following in the country due the popularity of “Top Gear” on BBC America.

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