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Top Gear poll: Who should replace Jeremy Clarkson on the BBC show?

| 11.03.2015

With #BringBackClarkson, #TopGear and even #fracas among the top trends on Twitter at present, Ladbrokes News is asking readers to wade into the latest debate surrounding the BBC show.

Jeremy Clarkson’s future on the programme has certainly been thrown into doubt this week, after the Top Gear presenter was suspended following an altercation with a producer on set.

Reports suggest the heated confrontation stemmed from the fact that no dinner was laid on for Clarkson and co-hosts Richard Hammond and James May after a busy day of filming.

But after supposedly swinging for the BBC employee, has the outspoken automotive expert already had his last supper on Top Gear?

With this story likely to run and run for the remainder of the week, we decided to offer up a poll giving you the chance to vote for a potential Clarkson replacement.

Here are the five candidates and the cases for why they should get the nod.

Ruby Walsh

Already a star at the 2015 Cheltenham festival, the Irish jockey could potentially swap the saddle for more comfortable car seat later this year, though his lack of presenting experience may count against him when it comes to the crunch.

Chris Evans

A well-established petrol-head who seems determined to branch out into different areas of presenting, having already worked as part of the BBC’s coverage of the Open Championship, moving to Top Gear would not be a massive leap for the One Show host.

Piers Morgan

No longer the presenter of Piers Morgan Live, in the US, the outspoken ex-Daily Mirror editor certainly has the profile and controversial viewpoints to match Clarkson and would no doubt relish a return to the spotlight on the popular BBC show.

Quentin Wilson

A former Top Gear presenter before the show’s format completely changed with the introduction of both Hammond and May, Wilson has stayed busy with a stint on Channel 5 motoring shows 5th Gear and Britain’s Worst Driver – a viable candidate surely?

Noel Edmonds

It feels like Deal or No Deal has been on our screens for centuries and Edmonds may be banking on a phone call from the BBC, rather than the banker, in the not too distant future, having previously shown his motoring credentials by taking part in the famous Le Mans 24 hour race.

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All Odds and Markets are correct as of the date of publishing.

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