Former Top Gear host Jeremy Clarkson has insisted he has “absolutely no idea” what his future holds — but he is “not going to be a milkman”.
In his first interview since being axed as the show’s presenter following his attack on producer Oisin Tymon, Clarkson said he was busier than ever — despite being unemployed.
But he told Chris Evans’s breakfast show on Radio 2 that getting axed from Top Gear, which he described as “my baby”, had left “a big hole” which was “my own silly fault”.
Clarkson, Richard Hammond and James May are believed to be negotiating with a streaming service like Netflix or Amazon. But Clarkson said he had just been “listening” to offers.
The BBC plans to relaunch Top Gear with new presenters. Evans was linked to the reboot but has ruled himself out. Clarkson told the show he could work with the BBC again because, although his contract was not renewed, he was “not sacked, remember”.
Clarkson refused to criticise the BBC, saying although there were some “dreadful people” at the broadcaster, there were also some very “talented people”.
He said the final Top Gear shows featuring the trio, which were not broadcast this year following Clarkson’s suspension, were being edited and would be shown. But he suggested he might not be in them, adding there will be an “actual elephant in the room”.
Evans played Clarkson a recording of the star speaking a year ago, when he said if he did ever lose his Top Gear job he could do something else, even be a milkman. The star said: “I’m not going to be a milkman, that’s for damn sure, not with those early starts..”
Clarkson said of his axing: “It’s my own silly fault so I can hardly complain. I was at the BBC for 27 years, in the current incarnation for 12 and Top Gear was very much my baby.”
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