James Martin says he's not been contacted about replacing Matt LeBlanc on 'Top Gear'

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James Martin may not be replacing Matt LeBlanc on Top Gear (REX/PA Images).
James Martin may not be replacing Matt LeBlanc on Top Gear (REX/PA Images).

It looks like James Martin won’t be slipping into Matt LeBlanc’s warm seat on Top Gear. The TV chef has been rumoured as a possible replacement for the Friends actor, but apparently, the BBC hasn’t been in touch.

“We’ve had no phone call. If people wanted me to do it then fine, if they didn’t then fine,” he told OK! Magazine.

“I’m enjoying my life as it is. I love cars as a hobby – whether or not I could do it as a job is another thing.

“I’m 46 years old; do I need to chase anything anymore? I’m more content than I’ve ever been, that’s a good place to be.”

LeBlanc, who moved into the host slot following the departure of Chris Evans on the show, announced his decision to leave in May.

The likes of Jodie Kidd and Guy Martin have been rumoured too. Chef Martin, who hosts James Martin’s Saturday Morning, has previously spoken about the possibility of hosting the show.

He told The Sun: “I went past Paddy Power the other day and I’m six to one on. I’ve got to put a bet on myself, to be honest.

“In fact, I may have even put £100 on myself. But I’ve got no idea about whether I’ll get it.”


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