BBC to show final Top Gear episodes featuring Clarkson

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The final episodes of Top Gear featuring Jeremy Clarkson will be shown by the BBC.

Kim Shillinglaw, BBC Two's controller, said the scenes filmed before Clarkson was suspended are likely to air this summer.

Jeremy Clarkson's contract was not renewed after he admitted punching producer Oisin Tymon, which landed him in hospital.

BBC Director-General Tony Hall said at the time "a line has been crossed".

The BBC has not yet found a replacement for Clarkson.

Ms Shillinglaw said the corporation was not thinking of one "in terms of gender".

"We'll definitely look at some women but it's not a driving priority," she explained.

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image captionTop Gear producer Oisin Tymon

Ms Shillinglaw confirmed that the show will return next year in a new form.

But she wouldn't be drawn to talk about the other two hosts, James May and Richard Hammond.

Meanwhile, Clarkson hasn't hung up his jump leads just yet. He wrote in the Sunday Times: "I have lost my baby but I shall create another."

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image captionJames May, Jeremy Clarkson and Richard Hammond

"I don't know who the other parent will be or what the baby will look like, but I cannot sit around any more organising my photograph album."

Clarkson also revealed he was told he "probably" had cancer, two days before the "fracas" with Mr Tymon, although he has since been given the all-clear.

He said he considered turning his back on presenting altogether in the immediate fall-out of the row.

The 55-year-old said: "Let's stop being silly and pick up the pieces and start again... I just know I'm going to do another car show."

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