James Martin says 'the phone hasn't rung yet' for Top Gear job


Chef James Martin has denied he is in the running to take over from Chris Evans as a presenter on Top Gear, saying he has not received any call from producers.

The former Saturday Kitchen presenter is a confirmed petrolhead and has recently begun diversifying his CV by guest presenting ITV's This Morning on Fridays with Countryfile's Anita Rani.

James Martin and Anita Rani are now guest presenting This Morning (ITV)

The 44-year-old told The Sun: "Apparently I'm the bookies' favourite... But the phone hasn't rung yet."

He joked that he would have considered putting a bet on himself being next in line for the BBC Two motoring show's hot seat if rumours hadn't made his odds so short.

He added: "I know that's the rumour, but I don't know where I'm going to fit it in.

James is huge petrolhead (Matt Alexander/PA)

"I enjoy my cars and I like the collecting of them, but Top Gear is a really tough show - it's a different ball game."

He has received criticism for his presenting skills on This Morning and said insults like being described as "wooden" and "boring" were a "rude awakening".

James added: "But I've had enough s*** thrown at me in my life - in all manner of different things - to worry about it, so it doesn't bother me.

"All I can do with any programme is be honest, stay true to myself and work my arse off.

"And when you consider that I'm severely dyslexic... I've never read a book in my life, so reading a script is hard."