Shaun Ryder wants to present ‘Top Gear’ but knows ‘fuck all’ about cars

Happy Mondays man open to replacing Chris Evans, if asked

Happy Mondays man Shaun Ryder has told NME that he would be open to presenting the next series of Top Gear.

Following Chris Evans’ departure from the new-look show, Ryder said in a video interview that he would “absolutely” accept an offer to host the BBC motoring programme but admitted he knows “fuck all about cars”.

“I can drive but that’s about it,” he said. “I would have to rely on someone to throw the script at me and just say ‘go!'” Watch below.


Ryder is no stranger to television, having previously finished runner-up on I’m a Celebrity…Get Me Out of Here! in 2010 and presented Shaun Ryder on UFOs on The History Channel in 2013.

It was recently reported that Matt LeBlanc is set to host the next series of Top Gear solo after Evans announced his departure from the show earlier this month.


Evans quit Top Gear on July 4 after admitting that his “best shot” at presenting the show wasn’t enough.

Overnight viewing figures had revealed that the show attracted a record low of 1.9 million viewers to BBC2 for the series finale on July 3. It was up against the France v Iceland Euro 2016 game on ITV and Antiques Roadshow on BBC1.

In June, it was reported that LeBlanc had threatened to leave the show unless Evans was sacked. His spokespeople denied the story was true.