50 Cent is better known for his rap career, going bankrupt and spending a lot of time in the gym – and now it seems he is now gunning for a role on Top Gear.
The rapper, whose real name is Curtis James Jackson III, recently declared he could “Save” Top Gear, following its poor reception that was mostly down to lead host Chris Evans.
50 Cent was speaking to the Daily Star when he said: “I would love to work on Top Gear, I could save that show for sure… There ain’t a car I haven’t owned over the years, my car collection is as good as anybody’s out there.”
There is a catch, however, as 50 Cent said, “it would cost them”, referring to the BBC.
He added: “Top Gear was one of the world’s iconic show and it’s a shame it came to this. The show since the old team left has been unrecognisable and if it don’t get back to where it should be soon then it may never recover. It’s a show you know you can watch any country you are in.”
Let us, of course, remember Evans has owned a lot of very desirable cars over his career including a number of white Ferraris, so it would take more than that to win over Top Gear fans still mourning the loss of Jeremy Clarkson, Richard Hammond and James May (who was “very chuffed” at the departure of Evans).
But then 50 Cent is a unique character who has managed to stay somewhat relevant long after the glory days of his album, Get Rich or Die Trying, and would add yet more American appeal – although Matt LeBlanc was brought in to do the same.
Evans quit Top Gear after being blasted for his ‘shouty’ approach to the show. It is widely thought LeBlanc will take over as lead host, but bets were being taken on a new presenter to join, the favourite of which was James Martin.
Ratings for Top Gear were significantly lower than seen with Clarkson at the helm, even though there were critics who said the format was getting predictable, but BBC Worldwide revenues from selling the show globally were said to be higher.
Meanwhile the Amazon train rolls on as Clarkson, Hammond and May have been filming the first episode of The Grand Tour series in Johannesburg of South Africa, which begins in the autumn.