22 April 2015
From the section Entertainment & Arts
The head of BBC2 said it is an “open book” on who might replace Clarkson
Unused footage of Jeremy Clarkson taken during his last days at the helm of Top Gear will be screened later this year, the BBC has said.
Kim Shillinglaw, controller of BBC Two and BBC Four, said the footage, though incomplete, is likely to air this summer.
She said: “No way would I want the available material not to be seen by viewers”.
The BBC dropped Clarkson in March following a fracas with Oisin Tymon.
The decision caused an outpouring of support from Top Gear fans, with more than a million people signing an online petition to reinstate him.
The row, which took place in a North Yorkshire hotel, was said to have occurred because no hot food was provided following a day’s filming.
After an internal investigation in March, BBC director general Tony Hall confirmed Clarkson’s contract would not be renewed.
Shillinglaw said it was an “open book” on who might replace the 55-year-old, following rumours that it could be a woman.
She said: “We’ll definitely look at some women but it’s not a driving priority”.
In his latest Sunday Times column, Clarkson revealed that he thought he probably had cancer at the time he hit Top Gear producer Tymon.
He said the incident came on his “most stressful day… in 27 years at the BBC” – but that other people facing stress “manage to cope better than I did”.
Sue Perkins, the host of BBC One’s The Great British Bake Off, was named the bookmakers’ favourite to replace Clarkson a fortnight ago.
Bookmakers Coral said she was the front-runner for the job, followed by Dermot O’Leary and then Jodie Kidd.
The news prompted a barrage of abusive tweets for Perkins, whose Twitter timeline was filled with “blokes wishing me dead”, …read more
Source:: BBC Entertainment