Have I Got News for You: Jeremy Clarkson back on BBC

JEREMY Clarkson has been confirmed to guest host BBC quiz show Have I Got News for You later this month, despite the broadcaster not renewing his Top Gear contract.

The controversial TV presenter was recently sacked from the motoring series after a "fracas" over hot dinner sent producer Oisin Tymon to A&E with a split lip in early March.

More than a million people signed an online petition to see Clarkson return to Top Gear, but BBC Director General Tony Hall came to the decision that "a line has been crossed" and "there cannot be one rule for one and one rule for another".

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However, a BBC spokesperson has said that while Clarkson will no longer present Top Gear, he "isn't banned from appearing on the BBC", meaning he is free to record Have I Got News For You.

The episode will air on 24 April and it will be the first time Clarkson is seen on TV since 8 March, when the last Top Gear was broadcast. There will undoubtedly be many jokes made at his expense.

The 54-year-old has featured on the popular show a dozen times since Angus Deayton left in 2002. He famously threw a pen at team captain Ian Hislop during a 2008 episode, leaving him with a cut on his face.

"We had to stop recording," said Hislop. "He refused to believe it was blood. He said it was red biro and then apologised to me afterwards."


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