It’s more than fair to say that the BBC’s Top Gear is their largest global cash cow. Jeremy Clarkson, prior to his sacking, had previously come precariously close to relinquishing his position on several occasions due to his trademark (& suitably arrogant) shenanigans. The BBC clearly had a very difficult, mercenary and tactical decision to make … cue a certain ginger, bespectacled TV presenter.
Chris Evans is the new main man & has signed a three year deal.
Kim Shillinglaw, Controller of BBC Two and BBC Four, said:
“I promise I will do everything I possibly can to respect what has gone on before and take the show forward.”
I’m so delighted that Chris will be presenting the next series of Top Gear. His knowledge of and passion for cars is 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.”
“It‘s fantastic news for Top Gear fans around the world that such a brilliant broadcaster as Chris will be the figurehead for the brand across the globe.”
added Tim Davie, CEO of BBC Worldwide