The Next Top Gear Host May Have Been Revealed After Meeting With BBC
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Saturday Kitchen star James Martin is apparently in the running to become the next presenter of Top Gear.
The Daily Mirror reports that Martin is set to meet with BBC executives next week.
The chef, 44, a known petrolhead is reported to be desperate for the job after missing out on bagging it the last time round when they hired Chris Evans, who despite his efforts, could not win over veteran Top Gear fans.
A source told Sunday People: 'James' nose was put out of joint when he didn't get the Top Gear job last time around.
'He felt he was perfect for it and should have at least been considered.'
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Martin was recently quizzed about his hosting chances last week on This Morning, saying: 'Apparently I'm the bookies' favourite. I walked past a bookies in Leeds and saw my name on there, and I thought, "What the hell's going on there?" I was top of the list. But the phone hasn't rung yet.'
Rumours also spread that co-host Matt LeBlanc would replace Evans as main presenter. He dismissed the claims to a critic in LA, saying: 'I'd like to. There's nothing officially happening yet. Follow the BBC.'
Personally, I'd be happy with James Martin, 'cause he's a Yorkshire lad - and Yorkshire lads can do no wrong.
Words by Josh Teal
Topics: Top Gear