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Top Gear will return, BBC insists
Top Gear hosts (left-right): Jeremy Clarkson, Richard Hammond and James May
The BBC said it was "expecting" all three Top Gear hosts to return
Top Gear will return in the summer, the BBC has said - despite host Jeremy Clarkson declaring that it will not.

At the end of the latest series last week, the BBC Two announcer stated the show would be back in the summer.

But in his newspaper column in the Sun, Clarkson said: "Can I just say, here and now, it won't be."

A BBC spokesman responded by saying: "Top Gear will be back. A summer special is planned." A new series would reach screens in the autumn, he added.

Ratings winner

"We're expecting all three boys to present the programmes."

But he refused to give any further details or explain the confusion.

The show made a successful comeback in January, four months after co-host Richard Hammond was involved in a serious high-speed crash while filming.

An estimated eight million people tuned in to see the last episode in the series on Sunday - BBC Two's largest audience for 10 years.


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