Recently, the BBC released a teaser trailer for a special episode of Top Gear that will round out the current season 22 of the popular car-themed show and, more importantly, be the last to feature Jeremy Clarkson. In case you’ve been living under a rock for the past several months, Clarkson was fired from the BBC back in March for his altercation with producer Oisin Tymon.
Despite no longer working there, Clarkson recently returned to the BBC to do some voiceover work for his final Top Gear episode. A BBC spokesperson confirmed the news to The Week, and explained that Clarkson wasn’t paid for the job and that he is still free to appear on BBC shows despite having been fired by the company.
“[Jeremy Clarkson] has done the voiceover for Top Gear,” the spokesperson said. “He came in to the BBC the week before last.”
The BBC still hasn’t confirmed when the final Clarkson-era Top Gear episode will be screened but it is expected to be sometime in the next few weeks. It will contain two segments shot before Clarkson was fired, with the rest of the episode expected to mostly feature co-hosts Richard Hammond and James May in the studio. There were previously meant to be three more episodes for season 22.
As for future seasons, a handful of British celebs have been speculated as new hosts and there’s also been talk of a different host appearing each episode. At the same time, it’s been reported that Hammond and May have been offered seven-figure deals to continue with the show but many believe they’ll stick with Clarkson and turn the offers down.
Meanwhile, the famous trio are still working together on the series of Top Gear Live shows, now referred to as "Clarkson, Hammond, and May Live". Below is a teaser trailer for the live show’s Australian leg taking place in July—it explains why Clarkson was posting photos of a yellow Chevrolet Corvette Z06 on Twitter recently. Rumors are abound that all three hosts may be moving to Netflix to start a new show called "House of Cars", but no confirmation has been received from any of the parties.