Jeremy Clarkson cancels Have I Got News For You appearance

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Jeremy Clarkson cancels Have I Got News For You appearance

Jeremy Clarkson has pulled out of his scheduled appearance on 'Have I Got News For You'.

The controversial presenter was due to appear as a guest host on the panel show on April 24 in what would've been his first BBC appearance since being sacked from 'Top Gear' by the broadcaster after attacking a producer and leaving him with a split lip.

However, he's now said to have pulled out of the appearance but Hat Trick Productions' Jimmy Mulville claims Clarkson will be available for a show later in the year.

He said: "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."

The 54-year-old star was suspended from 'Top Gear' in March following a "fracas" with producer Oisin Tymon in a hotel in Yorkshire following an argument about a steak.

An internal investigation found that Oisin had to take himself to hospital after he was subject to the "unprovoked physical and verbal attack" that resulted in swelling and bleeding to his lip.

Following the investigation the BBC announced Clarkson's contract on Top Gear would not be renewed.

More than a million fans signed a petition to reinstate the presenter, but BBC director general Tony Hall said "a line has been crossed."

The new series of 'Have I Got News For You' begins tonight (10.04.15) with actor Daniel Radcliffe as the guest host.