Jeremy Clarkson could be back on Top Gear sooner than you think
30 March 2015, 12:05
Los Angeles - Jeremy Clarkson plans to make a Top Gear comeback in Australia in a few weeks.
The 54-year-old TV presenter, who was dumped by the BBC last week, plans to travel to Sydney with James May, 52, and Richard Hammond, 45, to host the show in front of 40 000 fans over two days, although he may be forced to scrap the Top Gear Live name.
The events are set to be staged on 18 and 19 April, with a source telling the Sunday Mirror newspaper: "Talks are going on to try and ensure this event goes ahead. The main priority is the thousands of people who have bought tickets."
"The feeling in Sydney is that the three presenters want to do it, thousands of fans who've bought tickets want to see it, so just get it on."
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Four tour dates in Norway were scrapped last week after the BBC announced it would not be renewing Clarkson's contract, but the corporation's commercial arm BBC Worldwide could face a huge lawsuit if the events in Australia do not take place.
Indeed, the shows have sold 200 000 tickets across the world and are set to make as much as £11m.
No charges against Clarkson
The producer who was involved in the fracas with Clarkson will not be laying any charges.
Oisin Tymon was left with a split lip and had to take himself to A&E after the 54-year-old presenter attacked him both physically and verbally in a row over a platter of cold meats, but he's now released a statement to insist he just wants to get back to work.
Paul Daniels, who is an employment lawyer at Slater and Gordon, revealed his client has told North Yorkshire Police that he doesn't want to press charges following the incident which has seen Clarkson axed from the BBC motoring show.
The police recently said they had spoken to potential witnesses about the incident - in which Clarkson is said to have punched Tymon after he was told the kitchen at their hotel was closed and he wouldn't be able to have a steak - as they had a "duty" to investigate whether an offence had been committed.