Chris Evans to be new Top Gear presenter
TV and radio personality Chris Evans will replace Jeremy Clarkson as the lead presenter of an all-new Top Gear line-up, the BBC has announced.
Evans said he was “thrilled” to get the job, describing the motoring show as his “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,” he added.
Clarkson was dropped in March after punching a producer while on location.
Car enthusiast Evans, who has signed a three-year deal with the BBC Two show, had been tipped to replace his good friend Clarkson but had previously insisted he was not interested.
An “all-new” line-up means Clarkson’s co-hosts Richard Hammond and James May will not be involved.