Production assistants rejoice: Top Gear is to hire presenter who can cook his own steak!
If Chris Evans isn’t your flavour, then you will probably be ecstatic to hear that he’s quit the show. The bets are on for TV chef James Martin to replace Evans, although the BBC is insisting that, as it stands, it isn’t looking for someone to fill his biker boots just yet.
“James Martin is a very popular presenter and, coupled with his well-known love of cars, Top Gear might just be a great fit,” William Hill spokesman Rupert Adams told The Daily Star.
The former Saturday Kitchen presenter holds the top spot with the bookies with odds of 3/1, while Guy Martin is second with odds of 6/1 and Jenson Button in third place with 8/1.
The new series has failed to impress. Over 1.9 viewers preferred to watch Antiques Roadshow than an actual road show.
Fans took to Twitter to vent their anger:
Philip Coulthard @funkyphil “Just make @Matt_LeBlanc the main host of @BBC_TopGear and you’ll be good to go. No need for Chris Evans & Eddie Jordan. #TopGear2016”
CardioguruNo1 @ChrisClarkin1 “#TopGear2016 great show when they get rid of Chris Evans”
Steve Jones @stevejones63 “Just watched new ‘Top’ Gear for first time? After 90 seconds, turned off! No chemistry! Whiney/Dumb Down delivery! BBC-Get James Martin NOW!”
TweetDiDDY @haysham “The only thing that makes me laugh watching #TopGear2016 is his 2 plasma screen glasses”
None of the other hosts – Matt LeBlanc, Sabine Schmitz, Rory Reid, Chris Harris and Eddie Jordan have thrown in the towel – and filming for series 24 is underway.
I’m just hoping if the rumours are true, James Martin will take the nickname of Captain Slow-Cooker.