19/06/2015 03:23 BST | Updated 19/06/2015 08:59 BST

Jeremy Clarkson Turned Down 'Top Gear' Return, Following Jimmy Savile Comparisons: 'Too Much Has Gone On'

Jeremy Clarkson has revealed that he turned down the chance to return to ‘Top Gear’ in the future, claiming “too much has gone on” for him to ever come back to the BBC series.


The controversial TV personality was sacked from ‘Top Gear’ after over a decade at the helm back in March, after physically assaulting a producer on the show while filming on location.

However, he has now claimed that he had a meeting with the BBC just last week to discuss whether he would consider coming back to the show in the future, but turned them down flat.

Jeremy Clarkson

Jeremy tells The Sun: “I had a meeting with a BBC executive last week and they asked if I’d come back to Top Gear.

“But it was never an option, even with the one million people signing the Bring Back Clarkson petition - for which I was extremely humbled. Too much has gone on.”

He goes on to say that he feels returning to ‘Top Gear’ would have a negative impact after everything that’s happened over the past few months, which include him being compared to Jimmy Savile by “someone from the BBC”.

“After I’d been compared to Jimmy Savile by someone from the BBC and it was splashed all over a Sunday newspaper, how could I go back?” he adds, “The spotlight would have been on me and the show would end up being neutered.

“It would be difficult to do anything without interference. It would have been impossible to make the show I’d want to make.”

A spokesperson for the BBC has told MailOnline: "We haven’t offered another Top Gear contract and the BBC had placed on record its thanks to Jeremy for his broadcasting on the programme and wish him well for the future."

Jeremy is now thought to be in talks with Netflix to host a new series, alongside his ‘Top Gear’ co-presenters, Richard Hammond and James May.

It was announced earlier this week that Chris Evans would be fronting the forthcoming rebooted series of ‘Top Gear’, alongside co-presenters who would be found at open auditions.

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