JEREMY Clarkson has returned to the BBC in his first interview since his Top Gear exit, following his attack on the show’s Irish producer.
The 55-year-old joined Chris Evans on his BBC Radio 2 breakfast show this morning, admitting that he’s to blame over the incident.
Oisín Tymon, a BBC producer, had his lip split in the assault by the veteran presenter that took place in March.
Clarkson said: “I was very sad but it was my own silly fault. I've got nobody to blame but me.
“I was at the BBC for 27 years, and working on the current incarnation of Top Gear for 12 years.
“It was very much my baby, I adored it - I lived and breathed it. And then suddenly you're not asked to do it any more, you feel there's a big hole.”
He added that he was not free from BBC “meddling”, and was looking forward to the live shows.
Clarkson, and former co-presenters James May and Richard Hammond set off for their six-month tour today, which kicks off in Belfast.
"I will be spending most of the six months on an aeroplane with James and Richard,” he said.
"We have six months of clowning around during live shows."
"You are busier unemployed than when you have a job."
He also revealed that he has "absolutely no idea" if he would work on a new show in the future, but said that he had "talked and listened" to people.
"It was very sudden," he said on his Top Gear departure, "you'd be a fool to jump into it [something new]."
"I'm going to do one last track of the Top Gear track, it will be very emotional."