Chris Evans replaces Jeremy Clarkson as Top Gear host
BBC Radio 2's Chris Evans has been announced as the new presenter of Top Gear, replacing Jeremy Clarkson.
The BBC confirmed last night (June 16th) that Evans will lead a brand new line-up on the show, meaning that both Richard Hammond and James May will also not be returning.
Speaking about his appointment, 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."
Kim Shillinglaw, Controller, BBC Two and BBC Four, added: "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."
Evans has been offered the role of presenter after the BBC announced that Jeremy Clarkson would not be returning to the show earlier this year. Clarkson's contract was not renewed after he engaged in a fracas with a member of the show's production staff.
Shooting on the new series of Top Gear will get underway in the coming weeks.