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Friday 18 August 2017

Chris Evans: Sacking Jeremy Clarkson is not a fatal blow to Top Gear but I don't want the job

Sacked: Presenter Jeremy Clarkson's contract has not been renewed by the BBC. Photo: Getty.
Sacked: Presenter Jeremy Clarkson's contract has not been renewed by the BBC. Photo: Getty.
Chris Evans, pictured, says Top Gear will survive without Jeremy Clarkson

Axing Jeremy Clarkson as host of Top Gear is not a “fatal blow” for the show, Chris Evans has said.

The BBC Radio 2 DJ, who remains among the favourites to take Clarkson’s place despite repeated denials, hit back at claims that the hit BBC2 motoring show would need to be “reinvented”.

And he said rumours that co-hosts James May and Richard Hammond were also considering their positions were “wrong”, backing the pair to keep the series going.

Clarkson was told last week that his contract would not be renewed at the end of this month after a BBC investigation found he attacked and verbally abused one of the show’s producers, Irishman Oisin Tymon.

BBC boss Tony Hall said the BBC would look to “renew” the show for next year and look at ways to screen the remaining episodes of the current series, cut short following the fracas that cost the 54-year-old his job.

“In no way does Top Gear need to be reinvented. This series was shaping up to be the best,” said Evans. “After surviving the insanity of what happened in Argentina for the Christmas special, it felt like the whole team had been drawn closer together.

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“As for Jeremy no longer being on the show, sure it’s a huge loss. Top Gear was the show he was born to do, but by no means is it a fatal blow.

“I love Top Gear, but I never want to watch me on it. Of course, I’m flattered that others seem to think my involvement would be a good idea. But they’re hugely misguided.”

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