Chris Evans has been announced as the new presenter of Top Gear. He has signed a three year deal with BBC. Evans replaces Jeremy Clarkson as lead presenter after Clarkson was dropped in March this year, after punching a producer.
Chris Evans is also a presenter of Radio 2 Breakfast Show and TFI Friday a 90s entertainment show. Speaking about presenting Top Gear, he says he is ecstatic at being named as presenter for Top Gear which is also his favourite program. Top Gear has an all new line-up which means that Richard Hammond and James May will also not be a part of the show along with Jeremy Clarkson.
It is yet not ascertained who Evans will be filming Top Gear with, or will he be the solo presenter. Evans, 49, is an automobile aficionado with a host of vintage cars in his private possession. He has in-depth knowledge and a passion for cars and is well suited for the job with Top Gear watched by around 350 million viewers across the globe. It is one of BBC’s biggest shows with overseas sales worth an estimated £50m a year.
Evans is also aware of the reputation of Top Gear and the reaction his appointment involves besides viewer’s demands he has to live upto. Production of the new series of Top Gear will commence in the coming weeks while Jeremy Clarkson will star in his final appearance on Top Gear to be aired on 28th June 2015. The final episode will consist of two films shot prior to Clarkson’s suspension with Hammond and May presenting links from the studio.