Ben Collins blasts 'childish' Top Gear

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'Top Gear' bosses have been labelled as ''childish'' by Ben Collins, the racing driver who was The Stig on the show for seven years.

'Top Gear' bosses have been blasted as "childish" by Ben Collins - who was recently sacked as The Stig.

The racing car driver - who was identified as the mystery figure earlier this summer after seven years work on the show - admits it would be a "real shame" if TV executives decided not to replace him.

He said: "What the powers that be decide to do, they will do, but at the moment they are behaving in a childish way to just throw the baby out with the bathwater.

"It's my belief The Stig lives forever.

"There's a lot of people who would enjoy that job who are thinking this is my chance. I do wish the best for 'Top Gear' and I hope it keeps going for years to come."

Ben has even suggested they create a spin-off show to find his replacement - based on 'X Factor' style auditions.

He told telegraph.co.uk: "Maybe they could do a contest and get everyone to write in with their CV and give it a pop.

"If I were working on the show I'd suggest they do a shoot out - a sort of 'Who Wants to Be the Stig? X Factor'.

"People could turn up in balaclavas and they could all have a go."

Tensions between Ben and his ex-colleagues have been fraught since the High Court in London refused to grant the BBC an injunction to ban the35-year-old driver from releasing his autobiography, and revealing his identity.

Ben's book 'The Man in the White Suit' is out now.

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