Kim Shillinglaw, who is in charge of finding Clarkson’s replacement on the motoring show, says the presenter has not been banned from appearing on the BBC.
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"It's serious and unfortunate what happened but there is no ban on Jeremy being on the BBC," she said.
"It's a big deal what happened and Jeremy, as any human being would, needs some time."
Her comments echo those of BBC Creative Director Alan Yentob, who said he wouldn’t rule out the presenter making a return to the Beeb in an interview on ‘Newsnight’ last month.
"Of course I wouldn't rule that out, but that's not for now," he said.
In March the BBC confirmed that Clarkson’s contract would not be renewed following his infamous 'fracas' with a 'Top Gear' producer.
It led to him being suspended from the show, after he punched a producer in a heated exchange over an evening meal.
In a statement, Tony Hall, BBC Director-General, said at the time that it was with 'great regret that the BBC would not be renewing Clarkson's contract'.