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BBC Clarkson decision 'next week'

Jeremy Clarkson's future on the BBC is likely to be decided next week when the corporation's internal investigation into his behaviour is handed over to the director-general.

The Top Gear host has been suspended since it emerged he was involved in what the BBC called "a fracas" with one of the show's producers.

A BBC spokesman said: " Following last week's suspension of Jeremy Clarkson, Ken MacQuarrie is now considering the evidence and will report to the director-general on his findings next week.

"Once this has been considered, we will set out any further steps.

"The BBC will not be offering further commentary until then."

It was reported this week that Clarkson's Top Gear co-hosts declined an offer to continue the rest of the series without him.

James May and Richard Hammond "didn't want to do it without Jeremy", a BBC executive reportedly said.

An option to have the pair fronting the studio segments of the show for the remaining episodes of this series was rejected, the unnamed executive said.

Clarkson was suspended after allegedly punching producer Oisin Tymon during a row - which took place after filming - over a hot meal at a hotel.

The last episodes of the series have been postponed, causing the BBC to lose millions of viewers and receive thousands of complaints.

Both Clarkson and Mr Tymon have now given their evidence to the corporation's inquiry.

Hosts May and Hammond have tweeted about their time off in recent days.

Yesterday May wrote: "Seriously, if you really are unemployed, good luck to you. It's not funny in reality."

Hammond tweeted a picture of his dog and said: "Not trying to be cryptic, just enjoying a gorgeous morning. Off."

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