By now, you know that BBC’s hit show Top Gear has a new host, Chris Evans. But the real question fans have is what does ex-presenter James May think of Jeremy Clarkson’s replacement?
It’s been confirmed that May and Hammond won’t be part of the new show, and thus a brand new version of Top Gear is born. The move was expected by fans, since both former presenters, despite continuing their contracts with BBC, have publicly stated many times that they won’t be on Top Gear since Clarkson was given the boot by BBC executives for getting into a fistfight with a producer.
As always, the two take the “middle of the road” approach when they learned Evans is the new host, with James tweeting “Well: best of luck to @achrisevans and the future of Top Gear (b. 1977). That’s a ballsy call, frankly, and to be admired.” The pair have been tight lipped about the whole affair since Clarkson was fired, but have been firm that they plan to stick by Clarkson’s side, and rumors have been flying about whether the three will create a brand new program together.
In his first tweet as new Top Gear host, Evans, who is the weekday breakfast host on Radio 2, told fans, “I would like to say Jeremy, Richard and James are the greatest. And NO I’m not leaving the R2 Breakfast Show,” reports BBC. Chris told fans that Top Gear is his “favourite programme of all time,” and that he’s “thrilled” to get the job.
Fans aren’t so sure about the new Top Gear manned by Chris Evans, with one detractor tweeting to May and Hammond, “Its official, Top Gear is over,” but there was no reply from either.
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As previously reported by the Inquisitr, Kim Shillinglaw, a BBC spokesperson, says the network is “delighted” to have Chris Evans signed as Top Gear‘s new presenter.
“His knowledge of and passion for cars are well-known and combined with his sheer inventiveness and cheeky unpredictability, he is the perfect choice to take our much-loved show into the future. Chris is a huge fan of Top Gear and has great respect for the craft and work ethic of one of the best production teams in the world. He knows the phenomenal attention to detail it takes to make a single sequence of Top Gear, let alone a whole series. He is already full of brilliant ideas and I can’t wait for him to get started.”
Aside from his gig as Top Gear host, Chris Evans also “presents the Friday edition of The One Show, an early evening celebrities-and-light-current-affairs magazine programme” reports Forbes.
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