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As you’ll have heard, the BBC Director-General Tony Hall has delivered his Clarkson verdict. As you’ll also have heard, the Beeb won’t renew JC’s contract when it expires in a few days.

First up, we at TopGear.com would like to thank all of you for your comments and feedback through this difficult period. Believe us, we have been taking it all on board - even the really shouty bits - and we’re sorry that the nature of the investigation meant we couldn’t engage in the discussion before now.

None of us has found the past month easy, and we know some of you suspect this spells the end for Top Gear.

It doesn’t. The DG’s statement confirmed that the BBC will work to renew Top Gear TV for 2016, and of course we’ll bring you any news on that front as soon as we have it. Hall also stated that the BBC will look into how it can put out the remaining programmes from the current series.

In the meantime, TopGear.com will continue to bring you the sharpest, funniest automotive coverage, the biggest exclusives and the oddest road trips. Right now, there’s more astonishing stuff going on in the world of cars than ever before, and we reckon you deserve to know about it.

That isn’t to underestimate the incalculable contribution of JC to making Top Gear what it is. He’s a big, big hole to fill, and the team you’ve trusted to make the world’s greatest motoring show will be figuring out over the coming months exactly how to do that.

And, while we’re here, we’d also like to take this chance to give a shout out to our colleagues in Top Gear TV’s brilliant production team, who are unquestionably the most talented in the business.

So go for it. The comments are open and we’re listening.

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