Top Gear’s sudden halt in production following Jeremy Clarkson’s altercation with one of the show’s producers back in March left us with many questions. Uppermost was, “Will the show go on?”, “Will there be a new host?”
It will go on, and yes there is a new host: Chris Evans. No, not the actor of Captain America fame, although that could be interesting too.
Evans is a British TV and radio host, and according to Top Gear’s website has signed a three-year deal to lead an all new line-up for the show.
"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,” said Evans.
This development comes fresh off the news of the final episode with Jeremy Clarkson will air on June 28th on BB2, and is likely to also be the final hoorah for co-hosts Richard Hammond and James May as well. Evans is said to be heading an “all-new” line-up after all.
If you’ve watch Top Gear, you might have caught Evans on the series’ segment “Star in a Reasonably Priced Car”. He also owns one of the most impressive private car collections, notably of Ferraris. Evans is well-known for hosting the successful Channel 4 morning show called The Big Breakfast in the UK. Since then, he’s made appearances and even hosted other shows on British television and radio.
According to the Top Gear website, the Evans-hosted series will begin production in a few weeks’ time and is due to air in 2016. We haven't got much idea what the old trio of Jezza, Hamster, and Slow will do long term, but they do have their live international show.