Jeremy Clarkson may have received the official boot from Top Gear island, but that doesn’t mean the BBC will send the whole show packing. A multiplicity of rumors surrounding Clarkson’s replacement have been making the rounds on the Internet, but one candidate in particular seems to stand out from the rest: motorcycle racer Guy Martin. As such, Martin has responded with his thoughts on manning the helm of the world’s top motoring show.

“I don’t think I’d be able to get the time off work!” Martin told Ulster TV in an interview. “I don’t want to try and be the man who replaced Jeremy Clarkson, but never say never."

UK publication Bennetts is reporting that “odds of TT star Martin taking over have decreased from 16/1 to 11/2, with some bookies even now listing him as the frontrunner.”

Beyond a successful racing career and genuine passion for high-speed motoring shenanigans, Martin’s credentials include hosting a slew of television programs, such as The Boat that Guy Built (2011), How Britain Worked (2012), and Speed With Guy Martin (2013).

According to Bennetts, Martin also has extensive experience on both two wheels and four, as he’s known to drive “a heavily modified 1967 Volvo Amazon estate, in which he has reportedly achieved speeds of over 200mph. He’s also previously been known to drive a Porsche 911 and Aston Martin.”

Other potential candidates include Chris Harris, Stephen Fry, Jodie Kidd, Dermot O’Leary, and even Clarkson’s archenemy Piers Morgan. No official word from the BBC has been released as of yet.

Continue reading to learn who will replace Jeremy Clarkson on Top Gear.

Why it matters

Nothing like a good run through the rumor mill to get the old brain gears a’turning. It’s entirely reasonable to think Top Gear will go on without the presence of Jeremy Clarkson, James May, and Richard Hammond (May and Hammond have reportedly shown no interest in continuing without Clarkson), but at the end of the day, the show is going to suffer. After 21.5 seasons of automotive insanity, the chemistry between these three is something that can’t be matched with fresh hosts. It takes time to get there, and inevitably, the viewers will lose interest.

The debate over who will host the show next will continue among fans, but once the hysteria-momentum of Clarkson’s departure dies out, so too will the relevance of this issue.

I’ll tune in to watch the new Top Gear, whenever it may appear and whoever ends up as host, but I’m not holding out hope it’ll keep my attention.

Source: Bennetts

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