Freddie Flintoff and Paddy McGuinness may have taken the coveted roles as new Top Gear presenters—but it doesn’t look like it will be for long.
Bookmakers have priced up the future of the show and it looks like their stint is only likely to last one series.
Paddy Power make it just 5/1 that either of the new presenters are replaced within one series, following in the footsteps of Chris Evans, who left after just six episodes last year.
It’s rated 10/1—in from 15/1—that the show is cancelled by the end of 2020, or 14/1 that McGuinness and Flintoff’s season is the last ever of Top Gear as the BBC try to restore the show to its former glory.
As part of the shake up, Rory Reid, who has co-presented Top Gear since series 23, will step down from the main presenting lineup but will remain part of the Top Gear family, along with Sabine Schmitz.
Spokesman Paddy Power said: “It seems Paddy could truly be on the Road to Nowhere as he takes up a new role on Top Gear. Both he and Freddie Flintoff have been brought in to resurrect the show, but we think the curtains could be closing fast.
“So much so, that the odds of the show being cancelled altogether are shortening, but it’s more likely that one of the pair will ‘do a Chris Evans’ and only last a series.”
The next series of Top Gear, LeBlanc’s last as lead host (see video below), will debut early in 2019 on BBC Two, before Paddy, Freddie and Chris premiere Series 27 later in the year.
TOP GEAR SPECIAL BETS:
5/1 Either Freddie Flintoff or Paddy McGuinness to be replaced as a presenter after one season 10/1 Top Gear to be cancelled by the end of 2020
14/1 Flintoff & McGuinness’ season to be the last ever of Top Gear