The prominent radio and television host will replace Jeremy Clarkson as the new lead presenter of the show. Clarkson was fired early this year for punching a producer
British radio and TV personality Chris Evans is the new presenter of popular show “Top Gear”.
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BBC confirmed on Tuesday that Evans has signed a three-year deal with the network to become the lead presenter of the show. He is replacing Jeremy Clarkson who was fired early this year following an altercation with a producer.
“I’m thrilled, ‘Top Gear’ is my favorite program of all time,” The 49-year old Evans said in a statement. “Created by a host of brilliant minds who love cars and understand how to make the massively complicated come across as fun, devil-may-care and effortless.”
Chris Evans added. “I promise I will do everything I possibly can to respect what has gone on before and take the show forward.”
Kim Shillinglaw, controller of BBC Two and BBC Four said. “I am so delighted that Chris will be presenting the next series of Top Gear. 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."
First tweet as new Top Gear host. I would like to say Jeremy, Richard & James are the greatest. And NO I'm not leaving the R2 Breakfast Show— Chris Evans (@achrisevans) June 16, 2015
Jeremy Clarkson, the original lead presenter of the Top Gear lineup also involving Richard Hammond and James May, was dropped in March after he was found guilty of punching a producer on location.
The co-hosts Richard Hammond and James May are unlikely to return for the show next series as both have refused to work without Clarkson.
Top Gear was originally started in 1977 as a conventional motoring program. It gained a widespread popularity after its relaunch in 2002 when it was presented by Jeremy Clarkson in a quirky and humorous way. The show features various segments all related to motor vehicles especially cars.
Top Gear has more than 350 million viewers around the world, which makes it one of most popular TV shows of the planet.
Production of the new series will begin within few weeks. More details will be provided in the days to come.
Jeremy Clarkson latest Tweet is likely not in context of Chris Evans announcement or is it?
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Fucking fucking fucking fucking bastard fucking Windows— Jeremy Clarkson (@JeremyClarkson) June 16, 2015