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Chris Evans Named New Host of Top Gear

Motor Trend logo Motor Trend 6/16/2015 Kelly Pleskot

It's official: Chris Evans will replace Jeremy Clarkson as host of "Top Gear." The BBC announced today that the TV and radio personality has signed a three-year contract to lead the show's "all-new" lineup.

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"I’m thrilled, Top Gear is my favourite programme of all time," Evans said in a statement. “I promise I will do everything I possibly can to respect what has gone on before and take the show forward."

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Evans, who is a car enthusiast and has his own collection of vintage cars, previously said he was not interested in the opportunity. He is known for hosting the BBC Radio Two Breakfast Show and The One Show.

"His knowledge of and passion for cars are 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," said Kim Shillinglaw, controller of BBC Two and BBC Four, in a statement. "He is already full of brilliant ideas and I can't wait for him to get started."

The BBC's mention of Evans leading an "all-new" lineup seems to confirms reports that Richard Hammond and James May will not return to the show. Previously, May commented that a show without Clarkson would be "lame." Clarkson was dropped from the show in March after he allegedly punched a producer. The final episode featuring the original trio of hosts will air June 28.

It is still unclear who else will appear on the show with Evans. But perhaps the BBC already has some cast members in mind, considering that production on the new series of "Top Gear" will begin in the next few weeks.

Source: BBC

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