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'Replace Top Gear's Jeremy Clarkson with Alan Partridge' petition hits 30,000 signatures

Petition to replace Top Gear's Clarkson with Partridge. Photo: PA

A petition calling for the fictional character of Alan Partridge to replace Jeremy Clarkson on Top Gear has hit 30,000 signatures.

Alan has a strong track record for broadcast presenting, from his relaxed professionalism with guests on BBC chat show ‘Knowing Me Knowing You’ to his effortless banter on his talk shows at Radio Norwich.

He has good experience with motoring TV, after his brilliant work on ‘Crash! Bang! Wallop! (What a video)’.

We believe this diversity of experience and his noted passion for cars puts Alan in great stead to take over as chief presenter after Clarkson’s successful tenure.

– The petition

The character played by Steve Coogan, is said to be ideal to replace Jeremy Clarkson, who was suspended following a "fracas" with a producer.

Top Gear host Jeremy Clarkson. Credit: PA

The BBC has said its report into Top Gear host Jeremy Clarkson will be handed over to the director-general next week.