Good news! Top gear fans can rejoice!. The BBC have today announced that after much speculation that Chris Evans will take over the vacancy left by Jeremy Clarkson’s departure leading a new line up of Top Gear presenters.
As recently as last Friday 12 June 2015, Evans was seen denying that he had even been offered the Top Gear job in a skit that had Evans and Clarkson no less driving through London in a Ferrari LaFerrari.
This represents a bold move by the BBC and show their determination to keep Top Gear at the forefront of the BBC2 scheduling.
Around 25 years ago I actually met Chris Evans when he hosted the evening radio show on LBC, as a part of my school music class we were tasked with reading various things out on the show, I do remember that Evans did drive a green Triumph Spitfire at the time, oh how he has moved on since those days. The main thing I have always remembered that he was really nice to us, we were a bunch of rowdy school kids and he was completely courteous and showed a lot of patience I seem to remember!.
I for one think that Top Gear will be in good hands under the Evans, given his track record with shows such as TFI Friday and Don’t Forget Your Toothbrush which brought us great entertainment.
The full announcement from the BBC:
TV and radio presenter Chris Evans will be the new Top Gear presenter, the BBC has announced.
Evans said he was “thrilled” to get the job, describing the motoring show as his “favourite programme of all time”.
“I promise I will do everything I possibly can to respect what has gone on before and take the show forward,” he added.
He will replace Jeremy Clarkson, who was dropped after punching a producer while on location.
Evans, a car enthusiast, has signed a three-year deal to lead an all-new Top Gear line-up.
He said the programme was “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,” he added.
Controller of BBC Two and BBC Four Kim Shillinglaw 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.
“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.”
Production on the new series of Top Gear will start in the next few weeks and more information will be announced in due course.
A solid move by the BBC, you can only hope he drives his own Ferrari’s on the show at some point.