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.
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.
"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."