So..... Matt has left. Meanwhile Clarksons deal with Amazon is due to expire this year unless they renew it. Then again there was whispers about The Grand Tour being axed. If Amazon doesn't renew it could it be possible that we could see Clarksons big return to the BBC along with Hammond and May? They would have to sack Reid and Harris of course.
The way forward would be to offer the Top gear franchise to their Chump & Sons production company. It would stop the BBC getting mired in much of the Daily Mail complaints. Clarkson would not be directly employed by the BBC. Top Gear would be a commercial financial success via Worldwide/Studios. That's more difficult for the Mail to argue against given their owner doesn't pay UK tax.
The other big obstacle at the BBC was Clarkson's nemesis Danny Cohen who 'left' very quickly afterward.
It would take Tony Hall to get all this sorted & he is a Clarkson fan.
..."at the first sign of danger my pussy's hairs stand on end" Betty Slocombe 27/05/1975