The final scenes recorded by Jeremy Clarkson for Top Gear will be screened later this year, the boss of BBC2 says.
The footage was shot prior to Clarkson’s suspension over an altercation with a producer and will likely go to air this summer.
BBC2 boss Kim Shillinglaw said: “No way would I want the available material not to be seen by viewers.”
The TV host was suspended by the BBC amid an internal investigation into the attack on producer Oisin Tymon.
His contract was subsequently not renewed, with BBC director-general Tony Hall saying a “line has been crossed”.
North Yorkshire Police said that following its own investigation Clarkson would not face further police action over the incident.
Ms Shillinglaw said that while she will “definitely” look at appointing a female host to replace Clarkson, she added it is “not a driving priority”.
“I worked a lot with female presenters and when I used to work in science that was something across the piste that I really wanted to tackle,” she said.
“But I don’t think I’ve ever approached an individual show thinking that was the way I want to cast it, so I think it’s an open book on that.