The model was hotly tipped to join the revamped show’s new line-up.
Former model Jodie Kidd has revealed she’s turned down a presenting job on the new series of ‘Top Gear’ saying that she feared the gig would ‘take over her soul’. Kidd had been the favourite to join Chris Evans and become the show’s first female presenter but now it seems Zoe Ball could be joining the line-up instead.
Model Jodie Kidd will not be ‘Top Gear’s’ new presenter.
Speaking to The Telegraph, Kidd confirmed a woman would definitely be joining the new ‘Top Gear’ but added that it will not be her. “Am I doing it? I am not," she told the newspaper. “I feel greatly honoured that people think I could possibly be good enough to fill those shoes, especially as a woman.”
“[But] if I were to accept 'Top Gear' it would be completely all-consuming. I love doing all the different things I am doing in my life at the moment. ‘Top Gear’ is the most brilliant show on this planet but it would just take over your soul,” the 36 year old added.
“That would be it. Through ups and downs and lefts and rights I have got to an amazing place where everything is finally balanced, and balanced for my family too.” When asked if Radio One DJ Zoe Ball could be the women to take the job Kidd replied, “Do you know what, it could be.”
Kidd also suggested Scottish racing driver Susie Wolff as a possible contender but ruled out two of the other favourites, Natalie Pinkham and Suzi Perry. “Both of them love their current jobs and are fabulous broadcasters,” Kidd said. “You need someone who doesn’t have an amazing other career that might conflict. I think it is going to be someone left-field.”
In June DJ and presenter Chris Evans was announced as fronting the revamped ‘Top Gear’ following the departure of Jeremy Clarkson, James May and Richard Hammond. The BBC has previously said they will be holding ‘open auditions’ to find Evans’ co-presenters.