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First move fail? Chris Evans wants to bring a female co-host to BBC's TopGear

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The 49-year-old star is set to take over from axed host Jeremy Clarkson after signing a three-year contract for the BBC motoring show and has revealed they are planning to have at least one female co-presenter in place of Clarkson's former colleagues James May and Richard Hammond.

Chris Evans says he will bring a female host onto Top Gear whilst James May reveals he was never asked back to the show. 

Asked if he would bring a woman on board, Chris said: "Absolutely. But not for the sake of it. I can confirm that definitely 100%."

Despite speculation car enthusiast and former model Jodie Kidd is set to join Evans on the show, he's insisted no decisions have been made as of yet.

He wrote on Twitter: "To save you spending your hard earned cash on speculative wagers. There is no one on any short list yet to co host TG. Announcement re presenters tmr. (sic)"


However, he did claim whoever is offered the job would have to be someone with a passion for cars and a decent knowledge of the motoring industry.

He told BBC Radio 5 Live: "I want to have people who are knowledgeable about cars, people who have great energy, good timing, who are keen to do things differently.

Other names linked to the job include 'The Great British Bake Off' host Sue Perkins and BBC Sport presenter Clare Balding.

Meanwhile, James May has rubbished claims he was offered a big-money sum to return to the show without Clarkson.

He said: "I didn't choose to leave, I haven't been asked to return."

The final two episodes of Clarkson's last series of 'Top Gear' have been put together to create a special one-off episode and will air on BBC Two on June 28.

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