5 People Who Could Replace Chris Evans As Top Gear Host

Partridge deserves his chance

David Cameron, Roy Hodgson, Nigel Farage, Boris Johnson - the last few weeks have been wracked with nation-shaking resignations.

And now, just to add to the mess, Chris Evans has thrown his toys out of the high-performance pram and quit Top Gear. When will it all end?

One thing's for sure: we're going to need to be a little more careful with our choices going forward. To that end, we've gone ahead and rounded up the celebs who we think could do a proper job in the Top Gear hot-seat...



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Susanna Reid

The Top Gear job is a poisoned chalice. Mimic Jeremy Clarkson's offensive brashness, and you face backlash from those who want the show to move forward. Attempt to create a program in your own image, and you suffer criticism from viewers who just want you to rip into Mexicans for half an hour. Poor viewing figures are shoved in your face every single day, and on-set disagreements mutate into tabloid rivalries at the blink of an eye.


But if anyone can deal with inhumane working conditions, it's Good Morning Britain presenter Susanna Reid – a woman who spends the entirety of her working day sitting next to Piers Morgan.


Where lesser presenters would feel the heat of the Top Gear job, Reid will only have to think back to that time Morgan held mistletoe above his head, and remember: "It could be a whole lot worse."

Nigel Farage

Farage is quite similar to Evans, really: a man who campaigned tirelessly and successfully for his lifelong goal, before ducking out at the first sign of trouble to let someone else deal with the messy aftermath (Michael Gove is Joey from Friends in this comparison, if you can get your head around that).


That being said, the recently resigned UKIP leader has a lot of time on his ale-drenched hands, and his controversial opinions would no doubt quench the disgruntled viewership's thirst for Jeremy Clarkson's un-PC posturing.


What's more, his fashion sense is even more upsetting than the original line-up's, which clearly makes him the most qualified sartorial candidate for the job.

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Alan Partridge

The people's favourite. Fans have been rallying for the BBC to appoint Partridge ever since Clarkson's hunger pangs turned to hunger bangs last year.


He understands cars on an expert level ("Lexus: the Japanese Mercedes"), owns at least five pairs of tan string-back driving gloves and, as we well know, is bona fide TV gold - with a broadcasting style that is equidistant between chit-chat and analysis (not just our words, but Ross Kemp's words.)


One stumbling block might be his patchy history with the BBC. Aficionados may remember that he shot a man dead on the final episode of his short-lived chat show 'Knowing Me, Knowing You'.


But we all make mistakes.

Ryan Gosling

When Clarkson and his sniggering sidekicks left the Top Gear sofa for the last time, the BBC had a chance to make a statement. That they didn't abide Clarkson's brand of old-school pomposity, and were dedicated to making the studio a place of progression, fresh-thinking and change.


Instead, they hired Chris Evans. Because of course they hired Chris Evans.


But now they've got another bite of the cherry, and who better to showcase the BBC's social justice credentials than Ryan Gosling AKA the wokest celebrity alive? He's a modern icon of feminism-versed masculinity, and it's not like the BBC hasn't scoured the Hollywood Hills for hosts before.


If nothing else, the viewing figures will drastically improve as mums across the country start to take a curious interest in speed tests and gentle car banter.

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Idris Elba

When we hung out with Idris Elba back in May, he received a text from Chris Evans asking if he'd like to join Top Gear. Elba immediately put a boot into the idea, stating: "I might want to make me own Top Gear show."


A few months later, and not only is Elba's Top Gear rip-off nowhere to be seen, but Chris Evans' job is up for the taking. Could it really happen?


He's hosted a motor-based show before, as part of the BBC two-part documentary Idris Elba: King of Speed, and we probably don't need to tell you about his record-breaking flying mile.


Sure, he's got a lot on - but as the hardest working man in Hollywood (he'd probably make time to DJ your birthday party if you asked nicely), he could definitely handle it.