Chris Evans has stepped down as Top Gear Presenter, with Dermot O’Leary, Jenson Button and Steve Coogan all on the betting shortlist
Chris Evans has admitted defeat in his quest to make his version of Top Gear a success, with the Radio 2 presenter failing to capture the sort of ratings that would bank him a second series.
The TFI creator had high hopes of following in the footsteps of sacked host Jeremy Clarkson, although Evans just couldn’t create an appealing format despite the recruitment of former Friends actor Matt Le Blanc.
Several bookmakers have now opened a betting market on who will replace Evans, with William Hill offering 14/1 that Steve Coogan takes the reins and it’s well know that the Alan Partridge creator is a massive fan of cars.
Paddy Power go 4/1 that Coogan is the next Top Gear presenter, although perhaps the comedian would prefer to stay away from a role such as this one unless it’s in the guise of Partridge.
William Hill include Jenson Button, Dermot O’Leary and Guy Martin among their favourites, although there appears the possibility that Clarkson could return to the role of main presenter.
BetVictor go 7/1 that the BBC recall Clarkson after his previous sacking, while Paddy Power are offering 12/1 that he potentially returns along with his sidekicks James May and Richard Hammond.
Noel Edmonds and Piers Morgan are other names to be included in the frame and the BBC will think long and hard about how to preserve one of their most popular shows in television history.