‘Top Gear’ Hires New Exec to Cut Down on Rumored Power Struggles
Since the original Top Gear trio left the show, the rumors have snowballed. First, it started with rumors about the new hosts. Then, once the new six hosts were announced, even more rumors came out of the woodwork concerning power struggles and creative control. At one point, Chris Evans—one of the new hosts—was even threatening to quit after he threw up all over a race track.
Now, Top Gear is looking to nip this drama in the bud. BBC has appointed a new television executive to control what is happening at—and the rumors that are coming out of—the show’s set.
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The new appointment is Clare Pizey, a TV exec who has worked at BBC for seven years. Her new position is as “editorial lead” of the show, and she will have full editorial control, according to the Guardian. Despite this appointment, host Chris Evans will still stay as the show’s “creative lead.”
According to a BBC spokesman, “Clare is an experienced head of department whose credits include big must-see events such as Children in Need and Sport Relief. Clare will be responsible for the editorial content of Top Gear. She will continue to lead the factual entertainment department including overseeing Children in Need 2016.”
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Basically, what BBC is trying to say is that Clare will literally take no prisoners and make sure that the hubbub that’s occurring on the Top Gear staff will come to an end.
The show’s last boss, Lisa Clark, left last year after clashing with Chris Evans. Hopefully, this Clare Pizey will handle things a little differently.
News Source: The Guardian