The reliable AutoWeek is reporting that it has the skinny on the new host for the BBC’s popular Top Gear car show, and one of them is a very familiar face: Guy Martin.
The famous road racer will be part of a trio of hosts, with Philip Glenister and Jodie Kidd (a pick that ensures a pretty blonde will always be in the front row), who will be replacing Jeremy Clarkson, James May, and Richard Hammond.
For those that haven’t been following the BBC fiasco, Clarkson both physically and verbally assaulted a producer while filming an episode for the show, and was subsequently sacked.
In a show of solidarity, both May and Hammond said that they would not do the show without Clarkson, and the BBC has ever since been working to find replacements to call that bluff.
Those replacements have now seemingly been picked, and Top Gear is expected to get underway again, with episodes coming out next Spring.
Martin’s name has been in the running for some time now as a host, though always more as idle speculation. The TT racer is no stranger to television, hosting several shows already, and seems to have a fondness for the public attention (just not his TT fans).
This news could be timely as well for Martin, as the racer has been reported saying that the 2015 Isle of Man TT will be his last time at the historic event — a race Martin has never won, though he has come close.
Stay tuned as this story continues to unfold.