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Jeremy Clarkson to present Have I Got News For You

Jeremy Clarkson will present the first episode of Have I Got News For You when the new series returns to BBC One on October 2.

The former BBC star pulled out of the last series of the satirical panel show following the furore over his fracas with Top Gear producer Oisin Tymon, who had his lip split in a 30-second-long assault on March 4 and had to take himself to hospital.

Tymon was also shouted at by the ex-Top Gear presenter, who was suspended by the broadcaster on March 10 before it announced his contract would not be renewed.

D irector-general Tony Hall said ''a line has been crossed'' and that ''there cannot be one rule for one and one rule for another''.

The Have I Got News For You appearance will be Clarkson's first return to the BBC since his departure.

Clarkson and his fellow ex-Top Gear presenters James May and Richard Hammond have lined up a big-money move to Amazon for a new motoring show to be broadcast on streaming service, Amazon Prime.

As host of Have I Got News For You, the 55-year-old will join team captains Ian Hislop and Paul Merton.

Pointless presenter Richard Osman will be one of the two guests in the opening episode.

After Clarkson pulled out of his scheduled appearance on April 24, programme maker Hat Trick issued a statement: "On reflection, Jeremy Clarkson has decided not to host Have I Got News For You. We fully expect him to resume his hosting duties later in the year."

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