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Jeremy Clarkson about to get sacked by BBC: Report

By Neil Lancefield

Jeremy Clarkson's future hangs in the balance today after one newspaper reported that the BBC is on the verge of sacking him.

The Top Gear presenter has been left in limbo for two weeks since the corporation announced his suspension following what it described as "a fracas" with Irish-born producer Oisin Tymon.

A BBC spokesman said: "No decision has been made. When we have an outcome, we will announce it."

But the Daily Telegraph said BBC director-general Lord Hall was expected to announce the star's sacking today after considering an internal investigation.

According to the broadsheet, the inquiry, led by BBC Scotland boss Ken MacQuarrie, concluded that Clarkson verbally abused Mr Tymon for 20 minutes before launching a 30-second physical assault at a luxury Yorkshire hotel.

Senior BBC executives are attempting to convince Radio 2 Breakfast Show host Chris Evans to take over his role on Top Gear, sources told the newspaper.

But Evans has previously ruled himself out of the running.

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