The BBC may be closing in on a deal to replace sacked Top Gear host Jeremy Clarkson.
According to the UK’s Telegraph newspaper, ‘the Beeb’ is in talks with former model Jodie Kidd to take over Clarkson’s role as the long-running show’s lead presenter.
As a known motoring enthusiast, occasional race driver and the current co-host of British TV series The Classic Car Show, Kidd could prove a fitting replacement.
In 2003, she appeared on Top Gear as the ‘Celebrity Guest in a Reasonably Priced Car’, driving a record lap that bettered the top times of musician and noted revhead Jay Kay (by 0.3 seconds), and Clarkson himself.
And, at 185cm, Kidd is a mere 11cm shorter than Clarkson, meaning that the show’s writers can continue to dole out ‘hamster’ jokes for Richard Hammond.
If he were to continue as a host, that is, and it appears he won’t: co-host James May has already hinted that neither will return to the show while ruling himself out, and Hammond himself intimated via Twitter last month that he would not be renewing his Top Gear contract.
The BBC has reportedly wasted no time in finding replacements for Hammond and May, however, with actor Philip Glenister and motorcycle racer Guy Martin believed to have been tapped for the job.
The network has yet to comment on its plans for replacing the trio, although it has confirmed Top Gear will return in 2016 with new hosts and a new format.
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To be clear amidst all this talk of us 'quitting' or not: there's nothing for me to 'quit'. Not about to quit my mates anyway.— Richard Hammond (@RichardHammond) April 24, 2015