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'Top Gear': Will Mellor 'To Attract New Viewers' Following Jeremy Clarkson's Departure

28/04/2015 10:40 BST | Updated 28/04/2015 10:59 BST

Will Mellor has been named as another potential name to join the new ‘Top Gear’ presenting team.

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Both James May and Richard Hammond have announced that they won’t be returning to the BBC motoring show, after Jeremy Clarkson was sacked for physically attacking a producer.

This leaves three presenting spots wide open for when ‘Top Gear’ returns to screens, and it’s now been suggested that Will could be about to fill one of them, as it’s thought he could bring the show to a new and different audience.

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Will Mellor

A source tells BANG Showbiz: “Will has emerged as one of the favourites for the job. Bosses think he would be perfect to take the helm and would bring a younger audience with him that has grown up with him on 'Two Pints of Lager and a Packet of Crisps' and 'Hollyoaks'.

“He also has a lot of female admirers who could tune in, which is something that Clarkson didn't have.”

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Jeremy Clarkson, James May and Richard Hammond

Philip Glenister and Jodie Kidd, who previously fronted Channel 4’s ‘For The Love Of Cars’, have both been linked with a potential co-hosting job on the new ‘Top Gear’ team, while Chris Evans and Sue Perkins have both ruled themselves out.

‘Top Gear’ producer Andy Wilman also announced last week that he was stepping down from his role, after being with the show since it relaunched in 2002.

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