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Suzi Perry's Top Gear role in doubt

Suzi Perry has apparently ruled herself out of working on the new Top Gear.

The TV host had been widely tipped to join the reincarnation of the car show, which sees Chris Evans taking over from shamed Jeremy Clarkson.

Over the weekend Suzi hinted she was unlikely to be a full-time presenter on the upcoming series, and it’s now been reported she probably won’t be involved in a large capacity at all.

“Suzi has signed up to front F1 until the end of next year,” an insider told British newspaper The Sun.

“This deal would appear to stop her joining Top Gear full-time. But there is a chance she could do the odd segment.”

The star will be the face of Formula One for the BBC until the end of next year, which is why she won’t have time for Top Gear too.

At the moment it’s unknown who will be working alongside Chris, but it’s thought he’s keen to mix things up. Jeremy appeared with Richard Hammond and James May until he was sacked for punching a producer earlier this year, but according to Suzi, this time around there will be more faces involved.

“They want to refresh it and make it different. I think they’re looking at having a gang of people rather than a structure of maybe two to three presenters - more of a team to take it in turns,” she told British newspaper Sunday Times at the weekend.

Jodie Kidd was another name added to the mix, but she’s also ruled herself out because she thinks the show would take up too much time.

Whatever happens, the programme faces stiff competition from Jeremy, Richard and James, who are bringing a new series to Amazon Prime. They were signed in a multi-million pound deal, but not everyone is impressed. Piers Morgan has hit out at the trio, insisting their online show will likely bomb in the UK.

“I think they’ll do well globally with the online show, but what they won’t do is have a big audience in this country,” he told Radio Times.

“They’ll very quickly realise – as I did after leaving Britain’s Got Talent – that when you’re on these huge shows, you can’t walk around for being mobbed by people. But then the oxygen of that fame quickly diminishes.

“They’ll be able to walk around the streets and, I imagine to Clarkson’s horror, he won’t be getting mobbed.”

Piers and Jeremy have had a troubled relationship for over ten years, which reached boiling point in 2004 when Jeremy allegedly punched Piers at a press awards show.

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