The Top Gear presenter will be taking a seat on the couch in a chat show pilot which pits him against other big TV names
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He'll be up against some stiff competition, however, from veteran presenter Terry Wogan, who's also in the frame for the lucrative contract
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The Hamster to test drive chat show role for Richard and Judy slot

25 APRIL 2008
Top Gear star Richard Hammond has reportedly been given his own chat show, in a dry run to see who will take over Richard and Judy's 5pm Channel 4 show which ends in August.

Although Sir Terry Wogan is the frontrunner for the plum ₤1.2-million role, he faces stiff competition from the popular racing programme presenter. While Richard tries his hand at chat show hosting, Terry has apparently been given a four-week trial heading up a general knowledge quiz show for the channel.

If 69-year-old Terry - who already earns ₤800,000 for his BBC radio show - is successful, he could be signing a ₤1.2-million contract to work just 20 weeks a year.

Sources close to the negotiations insist he would be worth every penny. "Terry's a natural entertainer who doesn't need too much help from an autocue," said an insider. "He has the right style and warmth for daytime TV."

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