London - Jeremy Clarkson is reportedly planning to sue the BBC if he is sacked.
The Top Gear presenter - who was suspended from his role on the popular show after being involved in a "fracas" with a producer - hinted he wouldn't go silently.
He said: "I've been put on silence. There are very good reasons from my point of view why I simply can't say a word."
But a pal went further to state "lawyers will be involved" if Jeremy is fired.
They said: "There is no doubt that if Jeremy is fired it won't be the end of it. Lawyers will be involved."
The 54-year-old television personality is said to be fuming over comments made by a high-ranking member of staff at the BBC, who compared his situation to that of Jimmy Savile.
The friend added: "Jeremy believes BBC executives launched a smear campaign against him ahead of the independent inquiry. He won't let that go."
His co-hosts James May and Richard Hammond are also said to be considering legal action if Jeremy leaves and the show is axed.
A source told the Sunday Mirror newspaper: "It is very much an all for one and one for all attitude. Their future is very much tied up in Jeremy's. Without him there is no 'Top Gear' and effectively no work for them.
"This has impacted on them. Their new contracts are on hold too and they face a huge loss of earnings if the Top Gear Live shows are cancelled, plus spin-offs from books and videos. They will surely then turn to lawyers to protect their interests."
And it's not just the trio who aren't taking things lying down, a petition to reinstate the star signed by nearly one million fans was personally delivered to the BBC in a tank by a man dressed as the show's driver The Stig.
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