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Former Top Gear host Jeremy Clarkson, 60, was suspended from the BBC five years ago over a catering dispute, which took place while they were filming on location in Hawes, North Yorkshire. The Grand Tour host has revealed he was recently invited to “come home” to the BBC by Tim Davie, who became its Director-General in September.
Jeremy alongside James May, 57, and Richard Hammond, 50, are former presenters on Top Gear.
The iconic trio walked away from the BBC show after Jeremy’s dismissal.
But the car-enthusiast explained that he has turned down the offer because he fears it has become “too right on” to broadcast his controversial views.
He described Mr Davie as a “friend of mine from the old BBC days” and a “nice old chap”.
The presenter turned farmer was quizzed in a YouTube interview with Grapevine if he “missed” working at the BBC.
Jeremy replied: “It’s funny the new Director-General is an old friend of mine from the BBC days – Tim Davie – and he’s a nice chap.
“He was saying the other day, ‘Oh, come home.'”
The Grand Tour host remarked: “The truth is, you’d struggle at the BBC now. It’s so unbelievably right on.
“You just couldn’t say anything which I make my living from saying.”
Jeremy added: “I think it is becoming very, very restrictive, which is a shame, because it [the BBC] is a good idea.”
Express.co.uk has contacted BBC representatives for comment.
Following his departure from the corporation, Jeremy and his co-presenters James and Richard went on to front Amazon Prime series The Grand Tour.
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The small-screen star is also gearing up to release his new series I Bought A Farm.
Jeremy revealed that he recently suffered a disaster after he turned his hand to beekeeping, reportedly housing over 250,000 bees on his new farm
The TV star, who now runs a 1000-acre estate, has allowed cameras an insight into his new farming lifestyle.
He revealed that one of the bees had stung him on his bottom, despite the fact that he was wearing a full protective suit to tend to them.
Jeremy explained that normally the bees sting him on the ankle as there is a gap between the suit and his shoes, however an attempt to stop this happening ended up with worse results.
“They’ve worked out that’s literally my Achilles heel,” Jeremy joked.
“This time I wore Wellingtons and I thought, ‘Ah that’ll stop them’, the journalist remarked.
“The bee got in the bottom, crawled up the Wellington, up the jeans trouser until it got between there and my T-shirt where it found an interesting crack, down it went and then stung me.”
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