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Clarkson gives Hammond all-clear
Jeremy Clarkson
Clarkson said Hammond needed to take it easy

Jeremy Clarkson has said his Top Gear co-star Richard Hammond is "completely fixed" after his high speed crash while filming for the show last month.

"He's completely fixed after his minor crash... the only thing that's really breaking his heart is he has chipped one of his whitened teeth," he said.

Clarkson, speaking at the Motor Show in Birmingham, said there were no plans to change Top Gear following the incident.

He said senior people at the BBC told him "you carry on, do what you do".

Hammond, 36, had been driving a 300mph jet-powered dragster when it veered off the track at Elvington airfield, near York, on 20 September.

Richard Hammond
Hammond began presenting Top Gear in 2002

He was treated for a brain injury at Leeds General Infirmary before being transferred to a hospital in Bristol, near where he lives.

Clarkson said Hammond still had to take it easy: "He's got to rest because although there's nothing actually wrong with him, it's better he just has some time off, writes his book, sells his story.

"We're getting texts from him every five minutes: 'I can't believe I'm not there, I really want to come,'" he added.

Investigations continue

The BBC recently confirmed Hammond had signed a two-year contract before his accident.

A spokeswoman said: "The contract pre-dates the accident."

She said the corporation could not confirm the return of Top Gear or any other future projects until it had received an update on the presenter's progress.

The final part of the Best of Top Gear, which was due to be screened on 1 October, was postponed indefinitely.

Police and the Health and the Safety Executive are continuing to investigate the crash.




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