Penguin Random House has said there are no plans to change Jeremy Clarkson’s publishing schedule, and that it is committed to the television presenter, after he was sacked from Top Gear for hitting a producer.
Currently Michael Joseph publishes books by Clarkson, while BBC Books, an imprint of Ebury, publishes the Top Gear books.
Michael Joseph released Clarkson’s last book, What Could Possibly Go Wrong? in hardback in September 2014, with the paperback due in May this year.
There will be no changes to the paperback release, with Michael Joseph saying Clarkson was not due to do any publicity in support of the book.
Clarkson’s editor at Michael Joseph, Rowland White, said that “Penguin’s long and happy relationship with Jeremy began over a decade ago”, and that “Jeremy is a brilliant, unique talent and our commitment to him and his writing remains as strong today as it has ever been”.
BBC Books has a new Top Gear book scheduled for release on 15th October 2015. A spokesperson said: "BBC Worldwide remains strongly supportive of and committed to Top Gear as are we to our Top Gear brand publishing programme. This autumn we are publishing Ultimate Drives: 25 Trips of a Lifetime by Dan Read, which is a sumptuous, glossy collection of the best of Top Gear magazine's travel writing and attendant award-winning photography."
Clarkson’s contract with the BBC was not renewed after an investigation by the broadcaster found he hit producer Oisin Tymon and subjected him to verbal abuse.
BBC director general Tony Hall said that the BBC would “now look to renew Top Gear for 2016”.