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It has been one hell of a wild ride for Top Gear and its fanbase in the past couple of months, as presenter Jeremy Clarkson has been in the middle of some controversy. (Something he’s quite used to by this point.) Many have wondered whether his firing meant that the BBC would keep all of Top Gear’s unaired footage away from audiences, but it looks like the broadcasting company will indeed bring the unfinished final three episodes from Season 22 to BBC Two later this year. Assuming nothing else goes wrong, of course.

It’s rather unfortunate that the episodes aren’t completed, as Clarkson’s co-presenters Richard Hammond and James May have previously refused to film any more of the episodes. At this point, it looks like the unaired footage will find its way to viewers in some form possibly by this summer, though it’s not clear if it’ll be three separate episodes with filler, or if it’ll all be combined for one extended special.

Apparently it was never even an issue as far as what would be done with Clarkson’s remaining Top Gear footage. Here’s how BBC Two Controller Kim Shillinglaw put it to BBC News.
No way would I want the available material not to be seen by viewers…It’s serious and unfortunate what happened but there is no ban on Jeremy being on the BBC. It’s a big deal what happened and Jeremy, as any human being would, needs some time.

That’s pretty interesting, and possibly opens the door for Clarkson returning to BBC Two in some other capacity down the road, though almost definitely not as part of Top Gear. He’s been intimating that he wants to get back into presenting duties on another car-related project, but it’s too early to tell where it may end up, or even if he would want to return to the broadcaster that fired him.

These most recent troubles all started when, after a long day of filming, Clarkson found out that there wasn’t any hot food available on set and responded by decking producer Oisin Tymon in the face. (Clarkson recently came out and said he thought he had cancer at the time, which led to his over-exerted emotional release.) Following the incident, Clarkson was suspended by the BBC, and after an investigation into the matter, BBC general director Tony Hall fired the longtime presenter, which came as a bit of a shock to all involved, considering how many fans he has.

So even though that unaired Top Gear footage will make it to TV, Shillinglaw is still on the hunt for a replacement for Clarkson and possibly for Hammond and May, should they decide not to return.

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