Could David Hasselhoff take over Top Gear from Clarkson and co?

The Knight Rider star reveals he is a massive fan of Top Gear – and would be up for a presenting role

If the BBC want a left-field replacement for one of the vacant Top Gear berths they need look no further than Michael Knight himself.


David Hasselhoff, the former star of hit 1980s show Knight Rider, in which he drives sentient supercar KITT, told at the launch of Hoff the Record – his new spoof documentary for Dave – that he could well be up for presenting the show if approached.

“When I started to work with Dave I watched Top Gear about 800 times,” he enthused. “It’s great.”

Asked whether he would be interested in fronting Top Gear following the departures of Jeremy Clarkson, James May and Richard Hammond, he told us: “Why not?”

If the Hoff really is serious about throwing his hat into the ring, he better get his skates on.

It has been reported that the BBC has already lined up its dream trio: Life on Mars star Philip Glenister, Channel 4 presenter and motorcycle racer Guy Martin and petrolhead and TV host Jodie Kidd.

In an interview with last summer, Kidd ruled herself out of presenting the show alongside the then line-up of Clarkson, Hammond and May, saying “I couldn’t join those boys. No, god no.”

But she recently changed her tune, telling reporters earlier this year that it was “all changing” on the programme but refusing to say whether or not she would be interested in a hosting role.

Kidd enjoyed a successful career as a Maserati racing driver, competing at some of Europe’s most prestigious racing circuits in the Maserati Trofeo Series.

A BBC spokesman declined to comment on Hasselhoff’s candidacy for a role and said that there was no timetable in place for the replacement of the Top Gear presenters.


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