Will Young wants to be the next Top Gear host

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Out singer Will Young has said he hopes to become the next Top Gear host.

Announcing Jeremy Clarkson’s sacking from the programme earlier this year, BBC director-general Lord Hall said that the host had failed to maintain “standards of decency and respect” whilst working after an “unprovoked physical and verbal attack” on producer Oisin Tymon.

Speaking to the Sun, Pop Idol winner Young said he loved cars, but that not everyone expected him to have the interests he does, because he is gay.

He said he’d love to take over the wildly popular BBC show, saying: “I’ve just bought an old Mini and a Golf. And Audis, Jaguars… I love them,’ Will told the Sun. ‘People don’t expect a gay man to like rugby, sports, kick-boxing and enjoy cars, but I do.

“I even stop and talk to lads in service stations about their cars.”

Continuing, he said he put down deposits on a few classic cars when he thought he was going to be the host of The Voice UK, before later finding out that Danny O’Donoghue of the Script would fill the seat instead.

“My manager just said, ‘You haven’t got it now, they’ve given it to the man from The Script’. And I’d already put a down payment on a new set of classic cars,” he said.

Young, who came out in 2002 has previously called for lessons to tackle homophobic bullying in schools, saying: “It is not just educating the kids, it’s the teachers and the heads – that needs to be a priority.”

Last week he lashed out at his former mentor Simon Cowell.