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British Presenter Chris Evans Announced as New Host of Top Gear

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Jeremy Clarkson, Richard Hammond, and James May announce their new live tour

Chris Evans will replace Jeremy Clarkson, Richard Hammond, and James May as presenter of Top Gear

Ever since Jeremy Clarkson was officially fired by the BBC as the host of Top Gear, the world has been buzzing with rumors about what would happen to the show. Some said that the show would never succeed on the BBC without Clarkson and his minions, and that the trio would likely move to Netflix. All we know is that the British network just announced a new host for the show: Chris Evans.

Now, you might be thinking, “Why would the BBC think that Captain America would make a good Top Gear host?” And you would be right. Luckily, this Chris Evans is an entirely different person.

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Chris Evans poses with Joss Stone
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This Chris Evans is well-known in Britain, but not so much in the rest of the world. Back in the ’90s, he hosted a morning TV show called The Big Breakfast, as well as the weekly show TFI Friday, which was produced by Evans’ own production company, Ginger Productions. (It’s funny because he has ginger hair.) Evans was also the host of the BBC’s Radio 1 Breakfast Show, but had to step down after a series of unfortunate events that included a 17-hour pub crawl right before the show was broadcast, and a tasteless joke about Anne Frank.

(Side note: Doctor Who fans will be intrigued to know that Chris Evans was once married to Billie Piper—AKA Rose Tyler—who is 17 years his junior. The two met and married in 2000, and separated after three years, eventually divorcing in 2007.)

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Back on topic… Evans managed to turn his luck around and was able to return to the BBC. Currently, Evans presents the breakfast show on BBC Radio 2, and he plans to continue to do so after he takes over the Top Gear reigns.

Said Evans, “I’m thrilled, Top Gear is my favourite programme of all time. 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.

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“I promise I will do everything I possibly can to respect what has gone on before and take the show forward.”

The BBC plans to start filming the next season of Top Gear soon, but there’s no word on when it’ll be shown on TV in the US.

Via: Mashable