Top TV show names new host: Chris Evans Top Gear
Published: June 17, 2015
Top TV show names new host: Chris Evans Top Gear, Top Gear will “definitely, 100 per cent” have a female presenter in its new line-up, Chris Evans has said. Evans, announced as Jeremy Clarkson’s replacement on the BBC Two show, said there would be at least one woman, chosen not “for the sake of it” but because of their passion for cars.
Jodie Kidd, the former model, and Suzi Perry, the Formula One correspondent, are the leading contenders. Evans’s deal makes him executive producer of the show, meaning he has final say over the presenting team.
Perry is one of his friends and was in the audience for last week’s TFI Friday revival.
Congratulations to @achrisevans @BBC_TopGear he will be fab – perfect choice, perfect.
— suzi perry (@suziperry) June 16, 2015
Crazy eve #TFIFriday gt to see @mcgregor_ewan – missed some of the old boys but sure they were there in spirit. pic.twitter.com/F5pB87DVNb
— suzi perry (@suziperry) June 13, 2015
Kidd is a close friend of Jeremy Clarkson, the ousted Top Gear presenter, and was his choice to take up a presenting place.
Jodie Kidd pictured with Jeremy Clarkson earlier this year (Photo: Rex)
Asked on BBC Radio 5 Live if there would be a woman in the show, Evans said: “Absolutely, but not for the sake of it.”
Pressed on the subject, he said: “I can confirm that, yes, definitely, 100 per cent.”
He added: “I want to have people who are extremely knowledgeable about cars – that’s massively important.
“I want people who have great energy, people who have good timing, people who have warmth about them, people who are keen and eager to do things differently.”
Evans will continue to host his daily Radio 2 breakfast show, but insisted that he can handle the workload.
Well: best of luck to @achrisevans and the future of Top Gear (b. 1977). That’s a ballsy call, frankly, and to be admired.
— James May (@MrJamesMay) June 16, 2015
He said two of Top Gear’s most popular features – the foreign jaunts and the Star In A Reasonably Priced Car – would continue but the latter would be updated.
“It’s going to change, I’m going to put bells and whistles on things,” he said.
Richard Hammond and James May have confirmed they will not be returning to the show despite the BBC’s best efforts to keep them.
But they, and Clarkson, have wished Evans well.
The show will return early next year. Philip Glenister, the Life on Mars actor who recently hosted his own car show on Channel 4, has been linked to a presenting job, as have Guy Martin, Jake Humphreys and Dermot O’Leary.
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