Monday 24 October 2016

Chris Evans is Top Gear host, but no job for Richard Hammond or James May


Chris Evans who has signed a three-year deal to lead a new Top Gear line-up
Chris Evans who has signed a three-year deal to lead a new Top Gear line-up
Jeremy Clarkson

Chris Evans has been revealed as the new host of Top Gear, after months of speculation about who would replace Jeremy Clarkson.

The BBC has confirmed that TV and radio presenter Evans has signed a three-year deal to lead an all-new line-up for the popular BBC Two show.

Evans has previously insisted he would never take on the role, after being tipped as a favourite to replace Clarkson who was sacked following a "fracas" with the show's Irish producer Oisin Tymon earlier this year.

But after agreeing the deal, he said: "I'm thrilled. Top Gear is my 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."

Jeremy Clarkson

It is the first time the BBC has confirmed that co-hosts Richard Hammond and James May will not be returning to the show.

A BBC spokeswoman said the presenters who will host alongside Evans will be announced "in due course", with production of the new series starting in the next few weeks. Evans confirmed he will continue to present BBC Radio 2's breakfast show, and praised his Top Gear predecessors.

"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," he tweeted.

Clarkson will drive off into the sunset later this month when his final appearance on Top Gear is screened on BBC2.

The previously unseen footage will feature in a one-off 75-minute show on Sunday, June 28.

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