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Clarkson spotted with possible TV successor Jodie Kidd

By Robert Dex

Former Top Gear host Jeremy Clarkson has shared a drink with one of the people tipped to replace him behind the wheel of the show - model Jodie Kidd.

The pair were outside a London pub with daytime TV host Penny Smith.

Kidd was one of the front-runners to take on the job of presenting the hit motoring show, according to bookmakers, who also tipped motorcycle racer-turned TV star Guy Martin among the favourites.

Clarkson was suspended from the show after he attacked producer Oisin Tymon, splitting his lip and verbally abusing him, before the BBC allowed his contract to lapse.

His co-stars Richard Hammond and James May are believed to have also left the show along with producer Andy Wilman and they are expected to launch a rival show with another broadcaster.

Last week, BBC2 boss Kim Shillinglaw, who has been tasked with finding a replacement for Clarkson, said the presenter would return at some point.

She said: "Jeremy will be back on the BBC. It's serious and unfortunate what happened but there is no ban on Jeremy being on the BBC. It's a big deal what happened and Jeremy, as any human being would, needs some time."

She also confirmed that scenes filmed before Clarkson was suspended were likely to air this summer, saying: "No way would I want the available material not to be seen by viewers."

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