Top Gear ‘will have female presenter’

Chris Evans who has signed a three-year deal to lead a new Top Gear line-up, the BBC has announced
Chris Evans who has signed a three-year deal to lead a new Top Gear line-up, the BBC has announced

Newly-appointed Top Gear presenter Chris Evans has confirmed he will be joined by a female co-host on the show, sparking speculation former model Jodie Kidd is in the driving seat for the job.

Evans, who was announced as the new host of the hit show on Tuesday, told Radio 5 Live’s Nicky Campbell he could “100 per cent” confirm he would have a female co-star “but not for the sake of it”.

Kidd, a former model who has already appeared on the BBC2 show as a guest, is the bookmakers’ favourite for one of the two spots left after Richard Hammond and James May left.

A spokesman for William Hill said: “We think Jodie is almost a certainty but the third member of the expected triumvirate looks very open.

“There will be a load of celebrities willing their phones to ring.”

Evans, who hosts the Radio 2 breakfast show, revealed Jeremy Clarkson was among the first to congratulate him on getting the job.

Evans, 49, had long been tipped to take the driving seat on the flagship BBC show after Clarkson was sacked for punching a producer in a row over steak.