Chris Evans confirmed as Top Gear presenter

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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.”


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RMS Forum Comments

belfastchris replied at 22:37, Tue 16 Jun, 2015
Best man for the job imo
Eager replied at 22:44, Tue 16 Jun, 2015
Can't make it any worse than it was.
E4mon replied at 22:47, Tue 16 Jun, 2015
Agreed! It'll be good to see new presenters. I haven't watched it on a couple of years because of Clarkson and Hammond!
McFall1984 replied at 23:25, Tue 16 Jun, 2015
Never be the same without the others I mean the rule breaking etc...
davey-dimples replied at 23:25, Tue 16 Jun, 2015
Colin replied at 01:46, Wed 17 Jun, 2015
He's a proper enthusiastic car owner, his love for Ferrari knows no limit. Imo they need younger men like him to do the job.
Mickylad replied at 04:09, Wed 17 Jun, 2015
Will reserve judgement until his first episode airs, dare say this will open the door to Clarkson, Hammond & May to get something started with some other channel!
Rocko replied at 05:30, Wed 17 Jun, 2015
| Imo they need younger men like him to do the job.
He's 49.
Lyons replied at 05:35, Wed 17 Jun, 2015
I think he'll be perfect for it. Looking forward to watching it again now. Hopefully Hammond is more bearable without Clarkson there too. Ah, it appears the other pair are away too!
hutchy_belfast replied at 06:23, Wed 17 Jun, 2015
It was Staler than a week old loaf and desperately needed a refresh. The cynic in me wonders if the whole lot was a set up to clear the way with added hype for both parties.