The Stig says he had the 'best job'

The man who played Top Gear's The Stig said his role on the BBC show as the mystery racing driver was "the best job in the world".

Giving his first television interview to ITV1'sThis Morning, Ben Collins - who appeared without his trademark white helmet - said he had "great fun" playing The Stig.

The identity of The Stig, which had been a closely guarded secret for long, was revealed a fortnight ago when the BBC lost a court battle to block the publication of his autobiography, The Man In The White Suit.

Explaining his decision to out himself in the book, Mr Collins said: "It was a very stressful time personally, and thinking, was it the right thing to do, but I knew in my heart that it was, it was time to move on and freedom of speech was something I believed in."

He described the show's three presenters - Jeremy Clarkson, Richard Hammond and James May - as "very talented".

While there has been speculation on his Top Gear career, the BBC has not said whether he will be replaced.

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