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Jeremy Clarkson: 'I haven't heard a thing'

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Image caption Clarkson was suspended 16 days ago

Top Gear presenter Jeremy Clarkson says he "hasn't heard a thing", after press reports suggested the BBC would sack him on Wednesday.

The Daily Telegraph reported that the star would be dropped after an internal investigation concluded he had attacked a producer on the show.

It said director general Tony Hall would explain that such behaviour could not be tolerated at the BBC.

Clarkson tweeted a rebuttal of the story on Wednesday morning.

"Just to keep everyone up to date, I haven't heard a thing," he wrote, shortly before 10:00 GMT.

The BBC also says no final decision had been made on Clarkson's future.

"When we have an outcome, we will announce it," said a BBC spokesman.

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Clarkson was suspended 16 days ago following an alleged "fracas" with producer Oisin Tymon.

The row was said to have occurred because no hot food was laid on for the presenter following a day's filming in North Yorkshire.

An internal investigation began last week, led by Ken MacQuarrie, the director of BBC Scotland.

Mr Tymon did not file a formal complaint and it is understood Clarkson reported himself to BBC bosses.

The BBC's director of television, Danny Cohen, felt he had no choice but to suspend the presenter pending an investigation.

Image caption Jeremy Clarkson, James May and Richard Hammond have presented Top Gear together since 2003

The decision caused an outpouring of support from Top Gear fans, with more than a million people signing an online petition to reinstate him.

Whatever the outcome of the BBC's inquiry, the motoring show is expected to continue.

It is one of BBC Two's most popular programmes, and overseas sales generate an estimated £50m a year for the corporation's commercial arm, BBC Worldwide.

Whether Clarkson's co-presenters James May and Richard Hammond would continue in his absence has yet to be confirmed.

All three have their contracts up for renewal this year.

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Media captionChris Evans says the current Top Gear presenters are "the best they could be"

Meanwhile Radio 2 DJ Chris Evans, who has been touted as a potential replacement for Clarkson, has ruled himself out of the running.

"Not only is it not true, it's absolute nonsense," he told listeners on Wednesday morning.

"From what I've seen on Twitter and various social media, there's a 50/50 split approximately as to whether me being involved in the show is a good idea.

"In TV or radio, if you get a 50/50 love/hate reaction that usually equals massive hit. I used to work for [ratings body] Barb and knock on people's doors and this was the rule of thumb.

"However, I'm in the no camp. So regardless of whether it would be a hit, I'm voting a no for myself on that show, so that's never going happen.

"And that's the end of that."

Speaking later to reporters outside Radio 2, Evans refused to speculate on who else might replace Clarkson, saying he "doesn't know if the post is available yet".

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