The BBC has reportedly prepared terms for Jeremy Clarkson’s return to Top Gear, though he’s unlikely to agree to them.
Apparently the BBC has drawn up terms which will see Clarkson reinstated as co-presenter of Top Gear, along with May and Hammond who refuse to film the show without the controversial Clarkson.
However, Clarkson’s return is entirely dependant on him agreeing on those terms, which is unlikely.
A report from the Daily Mail suggests that the BBC want an executive to be put in place as a ‘minder’ for Clarkson – basically a baby sitter who will make sure he doesn’t do anything else that may cause controversy.
A source inside the BBC said “I think that people do see a way to resolve this, and that is by putting someone strong in to manage the show and manage Clarkson. He is a brilliant broadcaster, everyone can see that.”
After a petition to reinstate Clarkson received almost one million signatures, it is believed BBC executives felt more inclined to resolve the problem rather than fire the presenter outright.
Meanwhile the BBC has released a rather aloof official statement regarding the Clarkson incident which said:
“Following last week’s suspension of Jeremy Clarkson, Ken MacQuarrie is now considering the evidence and will report to the Director-General on his findings next week.
“Once this has been considered, we will set out any further steps. The BBC will not be offering further commentary until then.”