Chris Evans denies reports that Zoe Ball has had a Top Gear screen test

Chris Evans has denied reports that Zoe Ball has screen tested for the new series of Top Gear.

The Sunday Mirror claimed that the Strictly Come Dancing: It Takes Two presenter impressed producers during a try-out opposite the new host, and was now seen as a frontrunner for the job.

However, Evans wrote on Twitter: "Hilariously inaccurate story in 2days paper. Re my good friend Zoe Ball excelling in Top Gear screen test. She hasn't even been for one."

Ball and Evans have known each other for a long time, having both separately appeared on Channel 4's The Big Breakfast and with Ball acting as Evans's relief presenter on his Radio 2 breakfast show.

Evans initially said that he would "definitely 100%" have a female co-host, after it was announced that he would take over the show following the departure of Jeremy Clarkson, Richard Hammond and James May.

"I want to

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