Jeremy Clarkson’s final recorded scenes for Top Gear will air at some point later this year, according to reports citing sources from within the BBC. The footage, which is said to be incomplete, was reportedly filmed just before he was suspended and then released from his contract following a “fracas” with Top Gear producer Oisin Tymon. Clarkson was immediately suspended and after an extensive investigation by the BBC, it was decided that the BBC would not be renewing Jeremy Clarkson’s contract when it expired a few weeks later. The BBC also failed to renew James May and Richard Hammond’s contracts, leading to speculation that the two would not be returning to Top Gear.
Many many thanks to all of the people who have called for my reinstatement. I’m very touched. We shall all learn next week what will happen.
— Jeremy Clarkson (@JeremyClarkson) March 20, 2015
Gutted at such a sad end to an era. We’re all three of us idiots in our different ways but it’s been an incredible ride together. — Richard Hammond (@RichardHammond) March 25, 2015
Not long after his release from Top Gear and the BBC, Jeremy Clarkson also revealed in his column at the Sunday Times that he had had a cancer scare in the build up to his altercation with Tymon, and that he had thrown himself into his work on Top Gear after losing his mother and having his marriage falling apart.
“Two days before the ‘fracas’ I’d been told, sternly, by my doctor that a lump on my tongue was probably cancer and that I must get it checked out immediately. But I couldn’t do that. We were in the middle of a Top Gear series. And Top Gear always came first…”
“…It was an all-consuming entity, a many-tentacled global monster that was dysfunctional and awkward and mad but I loved it with a passion. I loved it like my own child. I felt sick because after I’d lost my home and my mother, I’d thrown myself even more vigorously into my job and now, idiotically, I’d managed to lose that too.”
I have written about ‘the thing” in the Sunday Times tomorrow.
— Jeremy Clarkson (@JeremyClarkson) April 18, 2015
Clarkson, as well as James May and Richard Hammond, have announced that they will be continuing their Top Gear show as as live tour, although they will not be calling it Top Gear, or use any of the shows branding.