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The new Top Gear co-host will be a woman, Chris Evans has confirmed.

Chris Evans, who was announced as Jeremy Clarkson’s replacement on June 16, said Top Gear would star at least one woman, chosen not “for the sake of it” but because of their passion for cars.

Former model Jodie Kidd, who presents Channel 5’s Classic Car Show, has already been tipped for the role.

Formula One presenter Suzi Perry has also been rumored for the show.Suzi Perry female Top Gear presenter

Suzi Perry appeared prominently in the audience of Chris Evans’ TV show TFI Friday last week, shortly after he agreed to host Top Gear.

However, bookmakers have made Jodie Kidd the favorite to fill one of the two slots left by James May and Richard Hammond, who quit the show in the wake of Jeremy Clarkson’s sacking.

Jodie Kidd currently attracts odds of 1/3, with former motorcycle racer turned broadcaster Guy Martin at 5/2, and Suzi Perry, Philip Glenister and Demot O’Leary all at 4/1.

In an interview with BBC Radio 5 Live’s Nicky Campbell, Chris Evans said he wanted his co-stars to be “extremely knowledgeable about cars… people who have great energy, good timing… who are keen to do things differently”.

Asked if one of the presenters would be female, Chris Evans replied: “I can confirm that definitely, 100 per cent.”

The BBC has not given a timescale for announcing a replacement, but filming on Top Gear new series is expected to begin in a few weeks.


According to new reports, BBC has already chosen a new team of presenters for its motoring show Top Gear after sacking Jeremy Clarkson on March 25.

The new team would be made ​​up of former model Jodie Kidd, actor Philip Glenister and TV star Guy Martin.Top Gear new presenters

According to telegraph.co.uk, BBC has already found a “dream team” for the new version of the show Top Gear after ending its collaboration with former show’s presenters Jeremy Clarkson, James May and Richard Hammond.

Former model Jodie Kidd would be the first woman to present Top Gear.

Jodie Kidd currently presents Channel 5’s The Classic Car Show.