The ongoing search to fill out Top Gear’s next host lineup continues. One name that had been floated was Jodie Kidd, but the professional model turned television personality and car collector recently confirmed that she would not be joining the world’s most popular car show. If she had, she would have joined Chris Evans, the popular radio host who recently signed on to fill one of the positions left open by the departure of Jeremy Clarkson, James May and Richard Hammond.

“If I were to accept Top Gear it would be completely all-consuming,” Kidd told The Telegraph. “I love doing all the different things I am doing in my life at the moment. Top Gear is the most brilliant show on this planet but it would just take over your soul. That would be it. Through ups and downs and lefts and rights I have got to an amazing place where everything is finally balanced, and balanced for my family too.”

Kidd, who currently hosts The Classic Car Show, said there were “conversations” about her joining Top Gear, but didn’t elaborate much beyond that. She was recently spotted having lunch with Evans, which further stoked rumors that she might be joining the show, but said the occasion was nothing more than two old friends catching up over a drink.

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Kidd was thought to be solid bet to join Evans on Top Gear, and current rumors suggest the BBC is looking for a female to fill at least one of the spots. She went on to suggest that Zoe Ball, another BBC radio personality who has worked with Evans in the past, could be a good fit. Other candidates rumored to join Evans include actor Phillip Glenister and motorcycle legend Guy Martin.

The three host positions at Top Gear opened up after former host Jeremy Clarkson punched a producer over a catering mishap. As a result, the BBC fired Clarkson, and Hammond and May voluntarily departed soon after. The three, along with former Top Gear producer Andy Wilman, recently signed on to do a new show on Amazon Prime for $250 million.

Source: The Telegraph

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