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The future of the UK version of Top Gear is as hazy as the smoke coming from a spinning tire. In the near term, it's not clear whether the rest of the current season will be aired. Of course, there's also the big question of filling the show's hosting duties. Jeremy Clarkson is obviously gone, and Richard Hammond and James May might be going with him. The mystery is causing speculation to run rampant in the UK media about what's next for the beloved motoring program.

Even the BBC News is getting in on the rumormill by publishing a list of possible new hosts. They include model and auto enthusiast Jodie Kidd, Fifth Gear host Vicki Butler-Henderson and comedian Steve Coogan. Basically, if you're vaguely famous and have an interest in cars, the job could be yours. Manx Radio on the Isle of Man is suggesting motorcycle racer Guy Martin, but there's no proof he's interested.

One person we can strike off the list is UK radio host and noted Ferrari collector Chris Evans. He said on his show that the speculation about him taking over Top Gear was "absolute nonsense" and "never going to happen," according to The Independent.

The wildest rumor of all probably comes from the BBC News, though. Network creative director Alan Yentob suggests that Clarkson's replacement could be none other than Jeremy Clarkson – at least eventually. "Of course I wouldn't rule that out, but that's not for now," he said talking about the possible return.

Top Gear's website is now trying to temper things a little. A blog post reiterates the show's return for 2016. The story is is clear this isn't the end, but it makes no speculation of new hosts. Remember, TG's history in the UK goes back to the '70s, and the trio of Clarkson, May and Hammond only dates from 2003. There might be different faces, but the name is sticking around.

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