After host Jeremy Clarkson’s unceremonious departure left a void at Top Gear and prompted his co-hosts to walk away, BBC is reportedly closing on choosing the successors for one of the most popular car shows for fans in the UK and abroad.
The Telegraph reports that former model Jodie Kidd, “Life on Mars” actor Philip Glenister and Guy Martin, a host on Channel 4, comprise the three familiar faces handpicked to be Clarkson and Co.’s successors as Top Gear hosts.
The newspaper cited a report in the Sunday Express that Top Gear’s co-creator Andy Willman allegedly overheard namedropping the new line-up over lunch with Jamiroquai singer Jay Kay in Sussex.
According to Business Insider, Willman has also left the show, which raises the questions of how he would know who the so-called “dream team” for Top Gear would be.
The trio’s selection was not confirmed by BBC but each does appear to possess the credentials that would make them strong candidates to replace Clarkson and co-hosts Richard Hammond and James May – who walked away from the show when they did not renew their contracts.
Kidd is not only a host on Channel 5’s Classic Cars Show but is already familiar to Top Gear fans for notching “one of the fastest lap times in Top Gear’s ‘star in a reasonably priced car’ challenge. Business Insider described Martin, 33, as “a successful TV host and motorcycle racer … (who) made nearly a dozen appearances at the prestigious Tourist Trophy motorcycle race on the Isle of Man.”
We will update this story with new developments. Stay tuned.
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