BBC bosses face the prospect of further embarrassment after it emerged suspended Top Gear host Jeremy Clarkson is set to host its top-rating satire show Have I Got News For You.

The star, currently the subject of an internal investigation after he was suspended following a ‘fracas’” with one of the motoring show’s producers, is due to record the show in May.

Jeremy Clarkson

Jeremy Clarkson (Matt Crossick/PA)


Jimmy Mulville from production company Hat Trick, which makes the show, told the Broadcasting Press Guild that he thought Clarkson was ‘a fantastic broadcaster’.

He said: “As far as I’m concerned he is hosting Have I Got News for You, the BBC has not told me what to do yet and it will be an interesting conversation”.

He joked: “Maybe we will get the producer on so he can hit Jeremy Clarkson live on television.”

The BBC declined to comment on whether Clarkson’s suspension, if it were still in force, would cover an appearance on a separate show.