The rumour mill has been working overtime trying to work out who will join Chris Evans in fronting the new-look Top Gear following the BBC losing their patience with Jeremy Clarkson and sending him, Hammond and May out to pasture earlier this year.

In June, Evans confirmed that the revamped show will "definitely, 100 per cent" have one or more female presenters, with the Beeb clearly trying to move away from its former 'Lads With Jags' image. The likes of Zoe Ball, Jodie Kidd and former 5 Live presenter Holly Stamos have all been linked to the job, but has Evans accidentally let the cat out of the bag live on radio?

Reeling off a list of incentives for his Children In Need auctions, Evans said on his Radio 2 breakfast show this morning (November 12): "The first Top Gear of the brand new run, you'll get there the day before. You'll have your own hot lap with The Stig. You'll be the star in the reasonably priced car. We'll then reveal who was quickest at a dinner hosted later that night by Suzi Perry at my pub, which I had forgotten about. Then you will come to the recording of the first show the next day".


Why would the Gadget Show host be there? To showcase the latest model of Android phone or vacuum cleaner robot from Japan? Or is it more probable that she's part of the new Top Gear team? Perry has previously dismissed rumours that she'll head up the new show saying: "I'm away twenty weeks a year doing Formula 1. So unless someone has invented 48 hours in a day, it would be pretty tough I think for me to do it."

Well, maybe Perry has found more hours in the day? Who knows. Have a listen for yourself on BBC iPlayer at the 2.21.48 mark.

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