Chris Evans says Top Gear will get female host, BBC says not so fast

With Jeremy Clarkson, James May, and Richard Hammond out at Top Gear, the world's largest motoring show will finally be getting what, according to the hosts, the BBC has long clamored for – a female host. Or will it?

New host Chris Evans made some waves while speaking with BBC Radio 5 Live, when he was asked about a female host.

"I can confirm that definitely, 100 percent," Evans said, but adding that they would be selected "not for the sake of it," but because they have a passion for cars, the BBC reports.

The names of both hot shoe/former model Jodie Kidd and BBC Sport presenter Suzi Perry have been tossed around as potential co-hosts for Evans. But BBC Controller Kim Shillinglaw threw the proverbial bucket of water on Evans' statements.

Shillinglaw said there would be "no gender diktats" on the reborn show, during an interview on BBC Radio 4's The Media Show, The Guardian reports.

"[Top Gear] has always been a very male world hasn't it?" Shillinglaw said. "I think it's a part of thinking about how we could do things differently, to get a lot more spontaneity into the show. What I would say is, it will be about what's right for the show."

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