After months of speculation and debate, it has finally been revealed that Chris Evans will be the new face of Top Gear as it goes into it’s new format for next season. This follows on from the infamous ‘fracas’ between Jeremy Clarkson and one of the shows producers – Oisin Tymon. BBC have also revealed that Chris Evans will be part of an “all-new” line up, confirming the departure of Clarkson’s co-hosts Richard Hammond and James May. Whilst the future still remains uncertain for the three most recognisable presenters in motoring, most people’s bets are on them striking a deal with the popular online streaming service, Netflix.
Mr Evans has recognised the importance of the job he is taking on following signing a three year contract with the BBC Two show. He stated he was “thrilled” to get the job, saying the show was his “favourite programme of all time”. He also added, “I promise I will do everything I possibly can to respect what has gone before and take the show forward.”
The Radio 2 presenter is no stranger to cars and has been a favourite to replace Clarkson ever since he was dismissed in March. He has a staggering collection of cars that most of us can only dream of owning: including a LaFerrari, a 458 Italia, a Ferrari GTO – which set him back £12 million in 2010 – a Mercedes S-Class, 1961 Ferrari California Spyder and many, many more. Chris Evans therefore seems a great substitute to take the reins of one of the biggest shows in history, which is watched by 350 million viewers worldwide and takes in £50 million a year. He is a man respected by many and has a clear passion for cars and plenty of experience in the entertainment industry.
The controversial Top Gear trio have also given Evans their blessing for picking up where they left off. He claims he texted each of them before announcing the news to the public on his radio breakfast show – all of them wishing him the best of luck. He also added Clarkson “gave me a piece of advice which I’m not going to repeat on the radio”, some things never change. Chris Evans has also stated that there will “absolutely” be a female presenter alongside him, a matter which has been heavily discussed in recent weeks.
The famous three will take their final bow on the show on the 28th of July in a 75 minute special episode before leaving the show for good, unless Mr May decides to be the next ‘star in a reasonably priced car’.