Top Gear: Are you happy Chris Evans will be the new host? Take part in our poll
It has finally been confirmed by the BBC that Chris Evans will be the new lead host of Top Gear – but are you happy with the BBC’s choice?
Top Gear is in for some monumental changes when it returns to BBC Two, now that Chris Evans has officially replaced Jeremy Clarkson. Despite Evans previously saying he didn’t want the job (then downgrading that to “never say never”).
The BBC Radio 2 presenter will be joined on the rebooted Top Gear by some yet-to-be announced co-hosts to replace Jeremy Clarkson, James May and Richard Hammond.
Evans said: “I’m thrilled, Top Gear is my favourite programme of all time. 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. When in fact of course, it’s anything but and that’s the genius of Top Gear‘s global success. I promise I will do everything I possibly can to respect what has gone on before and take the show forward.”
Evans has revealed that the BBC is holding auditions to find his co-presenters for the new-look Top Gear. The Radio 2 DJ said that the BBC has already received numerous applications from as far afield as Kazakhstan, during a recent appearance on The One Show.
Talking about the criteria for the role, Evans said: “You’ve got to know something about cars – you can be a mechanic, you can be an amateur racing driver, you can be a guy who’s a fireman but has been building his own Land Rover in his shed for five or 10 years… but you’ve got to know about cars.”
He continued by saying that the hosts could be “male, female, young or old, it doesn’t matter. Will we have one host, two hosts, three hosts – will we have hosts who come and go depending what’s on the programme that night.”
In relation to former presenter Jeremy Clarkson’s recent sacking, he reflected: “I loved Top Gear just the way it was. Believe me, I’m number one in the world who doesn’t want it to change.”
Clarkson was a guest on Evans’s TFI Friday special recently, where he taught the new presenter how to front Top Gear in a skit. Evans has signed a three-year deal with the BBC and production will begin in the next few weeks.