It would be fair to say that Jeremy Clarkson’s ‘sacking’ from the BBC didn’t come as much of a surprise. Clarkson has been sailing quite close to the wind in recent years and the final straw – a ‘fracas’ with a Top Gear producer over the lack of a hot meal – has finally seen the 54 year old lose his job on the popular BBC2 show.
Yet the corporation need not worry. If they are looking for an outspoken, middle-aged man to take up the reins on the insanely popular motoring show then they need look no further than the Mayor of London who, this week, has thrown his hat into the ring for the job.
During his regular Q&A session with Twitter followers under the hashtag #askboris, Boris described himself as a “mega Clarkson fan”. He added that he’d “def let his name go forward” to replace the presenter.
In the past, Bozza has been a major advocate of the journalist and Top Gear presenter, calling him a “great man” and saying that he had the “right idea” to stand for Parliament when contemplating challenging Ed Miliband in Doncaster.
Johnson could be part of a new three-man ‘dream team’ to take over the hosting of the show, if a tweet from journalist/TV host Piers Morgan is anything to go by. When news of Clarkson’s sacking broke, Morgan suggested the new Top Gear team could include both Boris and Radio 2 DJ Chris Evans. Morgan tweeted: “Shall we go for it, lads @Chris Evans @MayorofLondon? #TopGear #NewDreamTeam.”
The bookies aren’t convinced that Boris is the man for the job, however. He has been installed as a 100/1 outsider, behind even Nigel Farage in the betting (the UKIP leader is a 50/1 chance). If you’re planning to have a flutter on Boris, you may be better served investing your money in backing him to be the next Tory leader (especially after David Cameron’s words this week) at a much more likely 5/2.