'Top Gear': James Martin 'To Begin Talks To Replace Chris Evans As Host'

What does this mean for Matt LeBlanc?

James Martin is reportedly being lined up to replace Chris Evans as the main host of ‘Top Gear’.

The former ‘Saturday Kitchen’ presenter will meet with BBC bosses next week to discuss taking the helm of the BBC Two motoring show, according to the Sunday People.

<strong>James Martin</strong>
James Martin
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The TV chef, who is a self-confessed car fan, was said to be disappointed to be overlooked as a potential host when Jeremy Clarkson, Richard Hammond and James May all left the show last year, but now he is poised to bag the job.

It had been thought Matt LeBlanc would step up to become the main presenter of ‘Top Gear’ when Chris quit the rebooted version of the show after just one series, amid a critical mauling and sliding ratings.

However, Matt threw his future with the show into doubt earlier this month, claiming that his new US sitcom ‘Man With A Plan’ is his priority.

<strong>Matt LeBlanc and Chris Evans fronted the last series of 'Top Gear'</strong>
Matt LeBlanc and Chris Evans fronted the last series of 'Top Gear'

“I don’t know [if I will return]. I’d like to,” he said at a US TV conference. “There’s nothing officially happening just yet - call the BBC.”

It was later reported he’d been offered as much as £1 million to return, with Chris also publicly backing Matt to take over from him.

Meanwhile, James also became the bookies’ favourite to land the job, and did little to deny he wanted the role in an interview with The Sun’s TV magazine, telling them: “I’ve got so much to worry about with ‘This Morning’, so let me get that out of the way before I make a decision on anything else.”

<strong>James is currently presenting 'This Morning' with Anita Rani</strong>
James is currently presenting 'This Morning' with Anita Rani

James is currently fronting ‘This Morning’ alongside Anita Rani on Fridays throughout the summer, while he’s also filming a new cookery show for ITV, which will air later this year.

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