Just a few short weeks ago, Jodie Kidd seemed like the most obvious – and most likely – choice for a co-host to present the BBC’s Top Gear program alongside Chris Evans.
Alas, it turns out that while there had been talks about bringing the model-turned-TV host onboard as a third presenter for the popular British motoring program, Jodie Kidd has told The Daily Telegraph in no uncertain terms that she does not plan on hosting Top Gear. Her reason, it seems, is quite simple: life-work balance.
“If I were to accept Top Gear it would be completely all-consuming,” Jodie Kidd told the British news site. “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. 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.”
Jodie Kidd is a single mother of one, and beside fulfilling that role, she hosts The Classic Car Show alongside Quentin Wilson, as well as an equestrian program on cable network CNN. She was a rumored frontrunner for the open position of Top Gear co-host due to her past experiences as a racing driver, as well as her status as a self-proclaimed petrolhead. In addition, Chris Evans had previously stated that he wants to bring on a female co-host to offer a new perspective.
Be that as it may, it looks like Jodie Kidd is not that female.