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Chris Evans Slams 'Replacing Jeremy Clarkson As Top Gear Host' Rumours

07/09/2014 11:39 BST | Updated 07/09/2014 15:59 BST

Radio 2 DJ Chris Evans has denied rumours he will replace controversial Top Gear host Jeremy Clarkson if his contract is not renewed, saying this is "100% not going to happen".

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The Mirror had reported that Radio 2 breakfast show host Chris Evans, who also fronts 'The One Show' every Friday, had emerged as a possible new face for the programme, if BBC bosses decide Clarkson is too hot a potato to carry on with the gig, and that Evans would be a much safer pair of hands.

The report came after Jeremy Clarkson was placed on his final warning by the BBC.

But Evans took to Twitter to rubbish the claims.

He said: "Hilarious story in today's paper re me replacing Clarkson on Top Gear.

"100% not true. 100% never going to happen. 100% time for a fry up."

Clarkson's crimes of not-really racism have been well-documented recently, culminating in an Ofcom ruling that he used the word "slope" inappropriately while filming a segment for 'Top Gear' in Burma, and the BBC's Director of Television Danny Cohen made it very clear at the Edinburgh Television Festival a fortnight ago that Clarkson was not bigger than the BBC.

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The Mirror quoted a BBC source commenting: “Chris Evans has shown himself to be just as talented in front of the cameras, and is known for his interest in cars.”

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