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Chris Evans 'being primed as Children in Need host'

Chris Evans is reportedly being primed to take over the hosting of BBC's Children in Need following the death of Terry Wogan in January (16).

Chris Evans has been tipped as the new host of the BBC's Children in Need.

The 50-year-old presenter has been hitting headlines in recent months due to the controversy surrounding his hosting of newly revamped Top Gear.

However, despite allegations of his "volatile behaviour" on the set of the show, BBC bosses are said to be keen for Chris to take over the role of hosting their annual flagship charity show following the death of Terry Wogan in January (16).

"Despite all the negative press Chris has been getting he is still very popular, one thing people can’t take away from him is that he is brilliant at his job," a source told the Daily Mirror newspaper.

"BBC execs would love him to replace Sir Terry, they think he can do it. It just depends what happens with Top Gear."

The claims come after Chris paid an emotional tribute to Terry following his death aged 77, calling him his "radio dad".

"If we all had one per cent of what he had, we’d all be 100 per cent better. He was our Basil Fawlty. He made us laugh everyday for two hours for over thirty years," Chris said at the time.

"He never took any of this seriously, least of all himself. He was the butt of all of his jokes. ‘Laugh and the world laughs with you’, sure, but Terry knew if you go one better and laugh at yourself then you’re really onto something."

According to the publication, Chris has been taken aback by the allegations emerging of his "out of control" behaviour on the Top Gear set, with one of his former colleagues, Lisa Clark, even accusing him of being a "a control freak who thinks he can trample over everyone".

But Chris is doing his best not to let the reports get him down and has apparently been turning to Top Gear pals including co-host Matt LeBlanc for support at this time.

"The negativity which has been thrown at Chris has really shocked him," the source added. "He is just trying to make the best show he possibly can. A lot of his team have rallied around him though, and Matt has been a great friend. He’s got Chris' back."

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