The BBC has announced that TV and BBC Radio 2 personality, Chris Evans, will replace Jeremy Clarkson as the lead presenter of an all-new Top Gear line-up,
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.
Car nut Evans, has signed a three-year deal with the BBC Two show, he had previously been tipped to replace his good friend Clarkson but at the time he insisted he was not interested.
An “all-new” line-up means Clarkson’s co-hosts Richard Hammond and James May will not be involved.
Once the news broke, Evans tweeted “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.”
And in a statement, he 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.”