The BBC has announced Chris Evans, radio and TV personality and host of the Chris Evans Morning Show, has signed a three year deal with BBC 2 to take over as the host of Top Gear. Jeremy Clarkson was ousted from his position as the TG frontman earlier this year after he was involved in a ‘fracas’ with show producer Oisin Tymon over steak.
Evans, a car nut and owner of several classic Ferraris, has yet to announce who his co-presenters will be, but told Radio 5 Live he can “100 percent” confirm one of them will be a female. Model and television personality Jodie Kidd is rumored to be in the running for the job, leaving the second co-presenter position open.
The radio host expressed his excitement in regards to hosting the program when speaking to TopGear.com.
“I’m thrilled, Top Gear is my favorite program of all time,” Evans said. “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.”
Evans is also close friends with Clarkson and his former TG accomplices James May and Richard Hammond and understands the legacy they are leaving behind.
“I promise I will do everything I possibly can to respect what has gone on before and take the show forward,” Evans said.
The BBC also confirmed production on the new series of Top Gear “will start in the next few weeks.” In the meantime, you can catch Jeremy’s, James’ and Richard’s final appearance on Top Gear this Sunday, June 28 in the final episode of Series 22.