Earlier this year, BBC and Top Gear lost a court battle with former Stig Ben Collins, which ended up revealing his identity as the Stig. After revealing himself as the race car driver in the white suite. Collins went on to publish an autobiography and co-host Five’s Fifth Gear – a competitor of Top Gear.
As ironic as it sounds, another Fifth Gear host, Tiff Needell, has replaced Collins as the Stig on Top Gear for the time being. Needell returns to the show after a 9-year absence to teach Slumdog Millionaire director Danny Boyle through his paces on the track in a segment called “Star in a Reasonably Priced Car.”
“The Stig has gone of course so they have this other guy Tiff Needell who used to front the original Top Gear,” Boyle said. “He was a terrific teacher, no nonsense. It was good.”
A Top Gear spokesman said that Tiff may not be the long-term replacement for Stig.
“We needed someone to teach Danny Boyle how to drive the track, which would normally be Stig,” he said. “Tiff, being an old friend of the show, offered to help out.”
Needell, 59, co-presented Top Gear from 1987 until it was cancelled in 2001.
– By: Omar Rana