After a short and somewhat controversial stint with Top Gear Chris Evans resigned from his position as host of the show, giving rise to some howls of delight from the internet amid news of a potential police investigation for events unrelated to his time with Top Gear.
The question is now, who will replace Evans with the show scheduled to start shooting series 24 in September 2016.
Rumours have suggested that Jenson Button could be a candidate, whilst he would be a great choice in as that Button obviously has the driving skills for such a show and would appear to be more than comfortable on camera given that he has been since he made his F1 debut. However according to a comment from a BBC spokeswoman, the Beeb has confirmed that Top Gear has “no immediate plans to replace Chris Evans and do not expect to do so going forward.”
This is a good thing as the current presenter line up consisting of Matt LeBlanc, Eddie Jordan, Sabine Schmitz, Rory Reid, and Chris Harris, plus the Stig, have appeared to start gelling in the final episodes of the season. Harris and Reid are especially good together and appear as matey as anything the previous hosts could muster.
We predict that LeBlanc will be installed with a more prominent role with his able co-presenters being given more of a presence; this is on the basis that the show improved in leaps and bounds as soon as the films of Harris and Reid were added to the roster.
Whatever happens in the next few months series 24 of Top Gear should be a good one as Evans did leave it in a strong position, even with poor ratings the show did produce some great films which we can only hope improves as the team gel more and the chemistry between presenters begins to flow.
New New Top Gear series 24 will start shooting in September 2016.