Chris Evans is a knob. And he’s also going to be the new host of Top Gear.
Speaking about his new role the UK radio and television presenter said: “I promise I will do everything I possibly can to respect what has gone on before and take the show forward.”
Evans is a well known petrol head and has one of the world’s most enviable classic Ferrari collections. He’s also a massive knob.
Showing a sign of intent for the future of Top Gear the BBC has signed Evans on a three-year deal. And they’re pretty happy about it too.
“I’m so delighted that Chris will be presenting the next series of Top Gear,” enthused Kim Shillinglaw, Controller of BBC Two and BBC Four. “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.
“He’s also a total knob-end.”
Okay, maybe Shillinglaw didn’t make that last comment.
Evans has made contact with the show’s three former hosts and says he has the blessing of Jeremy Clarkson and Richard Hammond. As for James May, Evans had this to say: “James called me back straight away. We had a chat, we are going to meet up today or tomorrow to talk about things. Who knows what might happen there?”
While Evans’ co-hosts are yet to be named, the BBC has confirmed production for the next series of Top Gear will start in the next few weeks.
The last episode to feature Clarkson, Hammond and May will go to air in the UK on 28 June and will follow on Australian screens shortly after.